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Institutional Choice, or a Process of Struggle? A Case Study of Forest Co-Management in Mexico

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Type: Conference Paper
Author: Klooster, Dan
Conference: Crossing Boundaries, the Seventh Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of Common Property
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Conf. Date: June 10-14
Date: 1998
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10535/1064
Sector: Forestry
Region: Central America & Caribbean
Subject(s): IASC
forest management
institutional design
rational choice theory
community forestry--case studies
timber
landscape change
Abstract: "Change in the commons is poorly understood. After considering developments of theory on common pool resource management, this essay analyzes a comparative case study of community forestry in Mexico. It contrasts a community suffering from corruption in the logging business and timber smuggling with a set of forestry communities having institutions able to control these issues. A discussion assesses the utility of institutional choice models for change in the commons, and draws out implications for theory building and analysis."

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