Social control frames: Opportunities or constraints?

Publication and Source

Peterson, T.R. (2003). Social control frames: Opportunities or constraints? Environmental Practice, 5(3), 232-238.

Short Description

Natural resource managers inevitably face conflict and diverse perspectives on a regular basis. Stakeholders from different backgrounds have the right to participate in policy dialogues. Being aware of the social control frames that stakeholders bring to a dispute can help managers handle the situation and reach more legitimate agreements. The article suggests how managers can increase participants' perceptions of an agreement as legitimate by understanding the social control frames brought to the table and by incorporating aspects of these frames to the conflict management process.