The Politics and Economics of Park Management

Terry L. Anderson and Alexander James Editors

The Politics and Economics of Park Management examines national protected area systems in both developed and developing countries that have made a transformation from "fortress parks" to a sustainable use model. The contributors--park managers, academics, and members of nongovernmental organizations--contend that successful institutional change in protected area systems involves not only the adoption of appropriate legal and regulatory regimes covering sustainable use, but also the development of an informal culture of sustainable resource use among all of a park's stakeholders. While this latter requirement is often difficult to achieve, the contributors show how these informal attitudes may evolve over time, within both the management structure of a park agency and the community or resource users. The case studies cited represent examples of successful institutional change, demonstrating both financial and conservation benefits to protected area agencies, which should serve as models for managing parks today.

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
4720 Boston Way
Lanham, MD 20706
2001; 194 pp.

Terry L. Anderson is a senior fellow at PERC and the former President and Executive Director of PERC as well as the John and Jean De Nault Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. His research helped launch the idea of free market environmentalism and has prompted public debate over the proper role of government in managing...
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