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The Dynamics of Multiscale Institutional Complexes: the Case of the Sao Paulo Macrometropolitan Region

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Goncalves, Leandra R. [1, 2, 3, 4] ; Fidelman, Pedro [5, 6] ; Turra, Alexander [2, 4] ; Young, Oran [1, 3]
Total Authors: 4
[1] Univ Calif Santa Barbara, Bren Sch Environm Sci & Management, Santa Barbara, CA 93106 - USA
[2] Univ Sao Paulo, Oceanog Inst, Sao Paulo, SP - Brazil
[3] Bren Sch Environm Sci & Management, Santa Barbara, CA 93117 - USA
[4] Oceanog Inst, Sao Paulo, SP - Brazil
[5] Univ Queensland, Ctr Policy Futures, Brisbane, Qld - Australia
[6] Ctr Marine Socioecol, Hobart, Tas - Australia
Total Affiliations: 6
Document type: Journal article
Source: Environmental Management; v. 67, n. 1 OCT 2020.
Web of Science Citations: 1

The concept of institutional interplay (i.e., the interaction between institutions) is critical if the challenges to multilevel governance are to be better understood and addressed. Drawing on the literature on institutional interplay, this paper develops an analytical approach to examine challenges to multilevel coastal governance. Sao Paulo Macrometropolitan region (MMP, in Portuguese) is used to ground the empirical analysis. The macrometropolitan is one of the largest urban areas in the Southern Hemisphere; it houses the Metropolitan Region of Sao Paulo-one of the six most significant in the world. The MMP concentrates critical infrastructure, such as ports, airports, and roads, and considerable knowledge, technology, and innovation hubs. The coastal governance in the MMP area characterizes a highly connected multilevel system formed by 60 organizations (7 international, 29 national, 11 state, and 13 local). These comprised a complex environment featuring a great deal of fragmentation, and, consequently, jurisdictional and functional gaps and overlaps. This case was best described in terms of normative, functional, and political interplay. Interplay management has the potential to improve governance on the cross-level interactions among scale-dependent institutions of the MMP, enhancing synergies, and minimizing tensions among the institutions analyzed. This includes fostering cognitive interaction (i.e., promoting interinstitutional learning and assistance, and enhancing synergy) between institutions with complementary and/or similar objectives. Ultimately, interplay management may reduce fragmentation, improve compliance and monitoring, and increase cost-effectiveness. The findings from this paper may prove useful to other jurisdictions where pressing environmental issues involve multiple governance levels and interacting institutions. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 18/00462-8 - Opportunities and weakeness of integrated coastal management on the São Paulo coast in the context of macro-metropolis governance
Grantee:Leandra Regina Gonçalves Torres
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctorate
FAPESP's process: 15/03804-9 - Environmental governance of macrometropolis paulista in face of climate variability
Grantee:Pedro Roberto Jacobi
Support type: Research Program on Global Climate Change - Thematic Grants
FAPESP's process: 19/04481-0 - How to govern the coastal zone in the macro-metropolitan region: challenges for integrated coastal management on the São Paulo coast
Grantee:Leandra Regina Gonçalves Torres
Support type: Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Post-doctor