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Acceptance of a Payment for Ecosystem Services Scheme: The Decisive Influence of Collective Action

Jean-Pierre Del Corso, Thi Dieu Phuong Geneviève Nguyen, Charilaos Kephaliacos

Environmental Values 26 (2017): 177-202. doi: 10.3197/096327117X14847335385517

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As scholars have shown, acceptance is key to the success of Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) scheme. While many studies adopt a static cost-benefit perspective, few address the social process leading to acceptance. Drawing on Suchman (1995), this article examines the legitimacy process underlying the acceptance of a PES in agriculture. In particular, the role of collective action in the legitimisation process is analysed, using a combination of qualitative and quantitative methods of discourse analysis. Data from an agro-environmental PES scheme in France on water quality shows that acceptance depends on the normative and cognitive legitimacy that actors confer upon a public policy.


Payment for ecosystem services, EU Water Framework Directive, collective action, legitimacy, discourse analysis

REFERENCES to other articles in Environmental Values:

Rhetoric as a Means for Sustainable Development Policy. Gael Plumecocq

Can We Talk Ourselves into Sustainability? The Role of Discourse in the Environmental Policy Process. Yvonne Rydin

The Development of Environmental Thinking in Economics. Clive L. Spash

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Editorial: Knowledge, Expertise and Engagement. Stewart Barr

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