News > Coerced regimes: management challenges in the Anthropocene

In the latest issue of Ecology & Society David Angeler and colleagues introduce the term 'coerced regimes' to describe systems propped up by management inputs.

RA members Dirac Twidwell and Craig Allen are contributing authors on a recent paper in E&S that explores the idea of coerced regimes, that may result from a 'command and control' style of management. The concept of maintaining systems through constant management to support a desirable regime (e.g., in the sense of supplying a flow of goods and services) has been approached from different scientific fields in the past and the authors assert that this new concept of coerced regimes "motivates discussions about what we know and envision versus what we do not know and therefore cannot envision". This line of research helps direct attention at social dynamics as part of the feedbacks of managed social-ecological systems.


Angeler, D. G., B. C. Chaffin, S. M. Sundstrom, A. Garmestani, K. L. Pope, D. Uden, D. Twidwell, and C. R. Allen. 2020. Coerced regimes: management challenges in the Anthropocene. Ecology and Society 25(1):4.