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− Agency is one of five core analytical problems in the Earth System Governance (ESG) Project’s research framework, which offers a unique approach to the study of environmental governance. − Agency in Earth System Governance draws lessons from ESG–Agency research through a systematic review of 322 peer-reviewed journal articles published between 2008 and 2016 and contained in the ESG–Agency Harvesting Database.− ESG–Agency research draws on diverse disciplinary perspectives with distinct clusters of scholars rooted in the fields of global environmental politics, policy studies, and socio-ecological systems. − Collectively, the chapters in Agency in Earth System Governance provide an accessible synthesis of some of the field’s major questions and debates and a state-of-the-art understanding of how diverse actors engage with and exercise authority in environmental governance.
− ESG–Agency scholars focus on the question of how knowledge can be a source of authority for a diverse set of state and nonstate actors, allowing them to influence environmental decision-making. − Key themes in the literature on agency in earth system governance over the past decade include the knowledge-based agency of scientists and local or indigenous actors, learning, and the link between knowledge and power.− ESG–Agency scholarship contributes to larger debates in the social sciences concerning the growing importance of participatory processes of knowledge co-production, moving beyond the conventional primacy of scientific expertise in environmental governance and elevating the role of nonscientific knowledge holders.
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