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https://doi.org/10.5194/soil-2021-16
https://doi.org/10.5194/soil-2021-16

  03 Mar 2021

03 Mar 2021

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Application of the Governance Disruptions Framework to German agricultural soil policy

Bartosz Bartkowski1, Stephan Bartke1, Nina Hagemann2, Bernd Hansjürgens1, and Christoph Schröter-Schlaack1 Bartosz Bartkowski et al.
  • 1UFZ – Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, Department of Economics, Leipzig, Germany
  • 2TU Dresden, International Institute Zittau, Zittau, Germany

Abstract. Governance of natural resources is inherently complex and requires navigating trade-offs at multiple dimensions. In this paper, we present and operationalize the Governance Disruptions Framework (GDF) as a tool for holistic analysis of natural resource governance systems. For each of the four dimensions of the framework (target adequacy, object adequacy, instrument adequacy, and behavioural adequacy) we formulate guiding questions, to be used when applying the framework to particular governance systems. We then demonstrate the use of GDF by applying it to the core of German agricultural soil policy. We show that for each framework dimension, the governance system exhibits deficits, particularly with respect to object adequacy and instrument adequacy. Furthermore, we use the GDF-based analysis to highlight research gaps. We find that stakeholder analyses are a central gap across GDF dimensions.

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We use a holistic framework to analyze how agricultural policy in Germany affects the sustainability of soil management. We look at the adequacy of policy targets, objects (i.e. drivers of soil degradation), instruments and assumptions about farmers' behaviour, and the coherence among these four dimensions. We find deficits in each dimension, particularly object and instrument adequacy. Agricultural soil policy in Germany lacks depth and coherence, and the role of biomass demand is neglected.