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Analytical Framework for Dialogue on Common Pool Resource Management

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Type: Conference Paper
Author: Adams, William M.; Brockington, Dan; Dyson, Jane; Vira, Bhaskar
Conference: The Commons in an Age of Globalisation, the Ninth Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of Common Property
Location: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Conf. Date: June 17-21, 2002
Date: 2002
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10535/2063
Sector: Social Organization
Theory
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Subject(s): IASC
common pool resources--policy
resource management--policy
policy analysis
public policy--theory
decision making
communication
multiple use
Abstract: From Page 1: "Academic work on the commons has evolved considerably, especially during the decade and a half that has elapsed since the seminal Panel on Common Property Resource Management in the Developing World organised by the US National Academy of Sciences in 1985. Much of this burgeoning literature has reported from specific places, at specific times, thereby creating a wealth of case-study material for scholars to examine. There has also been some work that has adopted a more analytical perspective, seeking to develop general principles that help to explain and understand common pool resource outcomes (most notably, of course, the work of Ostrom and her associates over this period). "This paper does not seek to review knowledge of the politics, economics or ecology of common pool resource management, but develops a framework that relates current knowledge to the processes of everyday decision making that concern the policy community. The paper follows the tradition of those who have contributed to building analytical frameworks for the study of the commons. While drawing on the insights of these earlier works, this paper adopts a more directly policy-focused perspective. The objective is to provide a basis for dialogue on common pool resource management among stakeholders, in contexts where such resources are subject to contestation among multiple users and conflict between multiple uses."

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