Sustainable Commodity Governance and the Global South: (Special Section)

Hamish van der Ven (Editor), Yixian Sun (Editor), Benjamin Cashore (Editor)

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Abstract

This is the introduction to a special issue on ‘Sustainable Commodity Governance and the Global South.’ A broad range of transnational governance initiatives have emerged to respond to social and environmental challenges caused by commodity production. These initiatives – like voluntary sustainability standards and certifications – tend to target commodity producers in the Global South, but are overwhelmingly initiated and managed by organizations from the Global North. The agency and initiative of Southern actors in addressing sustainability challenges in their own backyards remains under-examined. In this introductory paper, we outline a typology of how commodity producers, civil society groups, and governments in the Global South have responded to the challenge of sustainable commodity production. Drawing inductively on the contributions to this special issue, we argue that Southern actors either participate in transnational governance, reinterpret it in their own context, or create their own initiatives entirely. The capacity of actors in the Global South to exert meaningful influence over sustainable commodity governance is relevant to ongoing debates in ecological economics about whether environmental and social goals can be achieved by working within global value chains or whether a wholesale reconfiguration of the global economy is required.

Original languageEnglish
Article number107062
JournalEcological Economics
Volume186
Early online date18 Apr 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 Aug 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors wish to acknowledge funding from an International Studies Association Catalytic Research Grant that enabled the 2018 workshop that inspired this special issue. We also thank all of the participants of the workshop for their help in shaping this special issue. Hamish van der Ven acknowledges research support from the Fonds de Recherce Société et Culture Quebec ( 2019-NP-253410 ). Yixian Sun would like to thank the Swiss National Science Foundation ( 162177 & 181429 ) for supporting his doctoral and postdoctoral research.

Funding Information:
The authors wish to acknowledge funding from an International Studies Association Catalytic Research Grant that enabled the 2018 workshop that inspired this special issue. We also thank all of the participants of the workshop for their help in shaping this special issue. Hamish van der Ven acknowledges research support from the Fonds de Recherce Soci?t? et Culture Quebec (2019-NP-253410). Yixian Sun would like to thank the Swiss National Science Foundation (162177 & 181429) for supporting his doctoral and postdoctoral research.

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© 2021 Elsevier B.V.

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