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The role of policy making in the Amazon - A case study of deforestation in Brazil

Mossberg, Alexandra LU (2010) STVK01 20101
Department of Political Science
Abstract (Swedish)
This case study investigates what role the government decisions and policies have for deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon. The decisions and policies are part of the immediate causes of deforestation, which exists in a theoretical framework that I have developed. This theoretical framework constitutes of three levels: underlying causes, immediate causes and sources, which lead to deforestation. And through discussing the different causes there are, I have been able to analyze the role that policies and decisions have for deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon. My results show that the government´s decisions and policies have had an important role for deforestation during the time period 1990-2005, and impact through underlying causes,... (More)
This case study investigates what role the government decisions and policies have for deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon. The decisions and policies are part of the immediate causes of deforestation, which exists in a theoretical framework that I have developed. This theoretical framework constitutes of three levels: underlying causes, immediate causes and sources, which lead to deforestation. And through discussing the different causes there are, I have been able to analyze the role that policies and decisions have for deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon. My results show that the government´s decisions and policies have had an important role for deforestation during the time period 1990-2005, and impact through underlying causes, mainly economic development projects, supporting the timber market and population pressure; immediate causes such as insecure property rights, policies for increased share of timber market, and weak institutions; sources, such as agricultural expansion, road building, and infrastructure extension. This analysis has shown that the government´s decisions are essential causes for forest clearing, however they have influenced in connection with other causes. That the deforestation has been on high levels through out this time period, has therefore been the consequence of multiple factors contributing. (Less)
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author
Mossberg, Alexandra LU
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organization
course
STVK01 20101
year
type
M2 - Bachelor Degree
subject
keywords
Forest policy, Case study, Brazilian Amazon, Deforestation, Government decisions and policies
language
English
id
1608188
date added to LUP
2010-06-29 13:23:40
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2010-06-29 13:23:40
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  abstract     = {This case study investigates what role the government decisions and policies have for deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon. The decisions and policies are part of the immediate causes of deforestation, which exists in a theoretical framework that I have developed. This theoretical framework constitutes of three levels: underlying causes, immediate causes and sources, which lead to deforestation. And through discussing the different causes there are, I have been able to analyze the role that policies and decisions have for deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon. My results show that the government´s decisions and policies have had an important role for deforestation during the time period 1990-2005, and impact through underlying causes, mainly economic development projects, supporting the timber market and population pressure; immediate causes such as insecure property rights, policies for increased share of timber market, and weak institutions; sources, such as agricultural expansion, road building, and infrastructure extension. This analysis has shown that the government´s decisions are essential causes for forest clearing, however they have influenced in connection with other causes. That the deforestation has been on high levels through out this time period, has therefore been the consequence of multiple factors contributing.},
  author       = {Mossberg, Alexandra},
  keyword      = {Forest policy,Case study,Brazilian Amazon,Deforestation,Government decisions and policies},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {The role of policy making in the Amazon - A case study of deforestation in Brazil},
  year         = {2010},
}