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Partnership on paper: Power struggles and strategic framing around industrial forestry in southern Costa Rica

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This chapter analyses the political processes involved in the conflict in the Osa Peninsula, focusing in particular on strategic framing or 'selling the message' by both the paper company and its opponents. It focuses on discourse development or 'strategic framing' among both proponents and opponents to the Stone Container reforestation scheme in Costa Rica. Partnership is used in the chapter to indicate the official agreements or public-private partnership between the Costa Rican state and Stone Container Corporation (resulting in Ston Forestal S.A.) and the leasing agreements or company-community partnership between the Ston Forestal company and the farmers. The chapter also deals with issues of power struggle for agricultural resources and looks at how they interact with deliberate processes of strategic framing and attempts to resist and provoke change in the Stone Container project. Scientific framing plays a specific role in obtaining ‘strategic neutrality’ in this respect.

Keywords: industrial forestry; paper company; Paper: Power Struggles; Partnership; power struggles; public-private partnership; southern Costa Rica; Stone Container reforestation; strategic framing; strategic neutrality



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