Rethinking Fisheries Governance

The Role of States and Meta-Governance

  • Hoang Viet Thang

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Hoang Viet Thang
    Pages 1-24
  3. Hoang Viet Thang
    Pages 99-128
  4. Hoang Viet Thang
    Pages 129-154
  5. Hoang Viet Thang
    Pages 155-161
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 163-215

About this book


This book explores how the state can foster collective action by fisher’s communities in fisheries management. It presents a different perspective from Elinor Ostrom’s classic work on the eight institutional conditions that foster collective action in natural resource management and instead emphasizes the role of the state in fisheries co-management, engaging a state-centric notion of ‘meta-governance’. It argues that first, the state is required to foster collective action by fishers; and secondly, that the current fisheries co-management arrangements are state-centric. The study develops these arguments through the analysis of three case studies in Japan, Vietnam and Norway. The author also makes a theoretical contribution to governance literature by developing Ostrom’s ‘society-centric’ framework in a way which makes it more amenable to the analysis of state capacity and government intervention in a comparative context. This book will appeal to students and scholars of global governance, fisheries management, co-management, and crisis management, as well as practitioners of fisheries management.


Elinor Ostrom fisheries management eight institutional conditions society-centered governance co-management fish resources state-centric approach common property institutions sustainable fishery Japan Vietnam Norway polycentric network Meta-governance

Authors and affiliations

  • Hoang Viet Thang
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Political Science and International StudiesUniversity of QueenslandBrisbaneAustralia

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