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Nationalisation and Privatisation of Arid Lands and the Dilemmas of Common Resources Management in Western Rajasthan India

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Type: Conference Paper
Author: Shanmugaratnam, N.
Conference: Reinventing the Commons, the Fifth Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of Common Property
Location: Bodoe, Norway
Conf. Date: May 24-28, 1995
Date: 1995
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10535/4799
Sector: General & Multiple Resources
Region: Middle East & South Asia
Subject(s): IASC
common pool resources
resource management
privatization
arid regions
Abstract: "Nationalisation of land and the creation of modern forms of private property for agricultural expansion along with rising population densities have caused continuous decline in availability of common resources and undermined possibilities for collective action.The failure of policy to provide appropriate environments to enable endogenous evolution of common resources management institutions in the changed circumstances has had far reaching effects on the sustainability of arid ecosystems and on the rural poor. This paper addresses these issues in the arid zone of Rajasthan, India. It places the Common Resource Management (CRM) Problem in a historical-institutional perspective and provides a microanalysis of the commons question in the arid zone. It concludes by highlighting the current dilemmas of CRM and possible directions for policy intervention."

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