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Balancing Accuracy and Meaning in Common-Pool Resource Theory

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Type: Journal Article
Author: Cox, Michael
Journal: Ecology and Society
Volume: 13
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Date: 2008
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10535/3016
Sector: Social Organization
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Subject(s): common pool resources
complexity
institutional analysis
scale
Abstract: "Common-pool resources are managed in complex environments that are amenable to understanding, analysis, and management at multiple levels. This paper develops a heuristic criterion to identify the costs and benefits of adopting various levels of analysis when constructing theory for common-pool resource management. It argues that there is no single optimal level for such analysis. Instead, a trade-off is posed where theories at higher levels tend to be more accurate but less meaningful than theories at lower levels."

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