Environmental Studies Faculty and Staff Publications

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

7-2015

Keywords

Cross border regions, Cross border resource management, Game theory, Canada-United States border region

Abstract

Great enthusiasm is attached to the emergence of cross-border regions (CBRs) as a new institutional arrangement for dealing with local cross-border environmental resource management and other issues that remain too distant from national capitals and/or too expensive to be addressed in the traditional topocratic manner requiring instead local adhocratic methods. This study briefly discusses the perceived value of CBRs and necessary and sufficient conditions for the successful and sustainable development of such places. Then, assuming that necessary conditions can be met, the study investigates an intriguing hypothesis concerning the catalyzing of sustainable consensus for cross-border resource management based on a game theoretical approach that employs the use of dilemma of common aversion rather than the more traditional dilemma of competing common interests. Using this lens to investigate a series of events on the Pacific northwestern Canadian-American border in a part of the Fraser Lowland, we look for evidence of the emergence of an active and sustainable CBR to address local trans-border resource management issues. Although our micro-level scale fails to conclusively demonstrate such evidence, it does demonstrate the value of using this approach and suggests a number of avenues for further research.

Publication Title

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health

Volume

12

Issue

7

First Page

7541

Last Page

7557

DOI

10.3390/ijerph120707541

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Copyright by the authors

Subjects - Topical (LCSH)

Borderlands--Environmental aspects--Canada; Borderlands--Environmental aspects--United States; Environmental management--International cooperation; Natural resources--Co-management; Natural resources--International cooperation; Game theory

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articles

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Text

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Language

English

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