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Boundaries and Borders: The Question of Scale in the Theory and Practice of Common Property Management

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Type: Conference Paper
Author: Murphree, Marshall W.
Conference: Constituting the Commons: Crafting Sustainable Commons in the New Millennium, the Eighth Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of Common Property
Location: Bloomington, IN
Conf. Date: May 31-June 4, 2000
Date: 2000
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10535/1939
Sector: Theory
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Subject(s): scale
boundaries
resource management--policy
decentralization
devolution
accountability
Abstract: From page 15: "In this paper three themes emerge as principles in the search for a systemic approach which provides for congruence and connectivity in matching functional, ecological and jurisdictional scales: jurisdictional parsimony, delegated aggregation and constituent accountability: ?Jurisdictional parsimony is responsive to the imperatives of organisational dynamics and resource specificity and places emphasis on strong, localised jurisdiction; ?Delegated aggregation is the mechanism for expanding jurisdictional reach where scalar considerations require this; while ?Constituent accountability provides the cohesion that binds the global to the local. Without these components, disjunction between jurisdictional imperatives and functional and ecological scale is inevitable, and one is forced back to the ineffectual structures and stratagems of Big Government. With them, the search holds out more promise for discovery and resilience in negotiating a viable conjunction between humankind?s local and global use of nature."

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