Neoliberalism and the politics of alternatives: Community forestry in British Columbia and the United States
Calls for community forestry on public forests grew in strength in both British Columbia and the United States during the 1990s, as part of a global movement touting the advantages of community control over centralized state administration of forests. Despite structural similarities, the trajectories of community forestry in the two locations diverged sharply, with community forests rapidly becoming a reality in British Columbia while similar proposals in the United States were blocked. This article explains these divergent trajectories by examining the differences in property relations, state institutions, stakeholder interests, and environmental social-movement strategies that led to nearly opposite outcomes in initially similar situations. It also analyzes community forestry in British Columbia relative to current debates over neoliberalism and alternative economies, arguing that detailed examination of such empirical examples demonstrates the utility of neoliberalism as an analytical concept. © 2006 by Association of American Geographers.
Annals of the Association of American Geographers
McCarthy, James, "Neoliberalism and the politics of alternatives: Community forestry in British Columbia and the United States" (2006). Geography. 170.