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Crafting Cooperation in the Commons: An Economic Analysis of Prospects for Collaborative Environmental Governance

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Type: Thesis or Dissertation
Author: Marshall, Graham R.
Date: 2001
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10535/5654
Sector: General & Multiple Resources
Social Organization
Region: Pacific and Australia
Subject(s): common pool resources
rational choice theory
cooperation
collective action
governance and politics
agriculture
culture
Abstract: "A collaborative vision for agri-environmental governance whereby collaboration among stakeholders in addressing problems supposedly leads them to cooperate more in implementing solutions emerged in the 1980's. This vision was prompted by mounting dissatisfaction with the progressive vision upon which such governance had been founded, a vision that had resulted in compartmentalised, paternalistic governance. It was based on a modern worldview regarding social behaviour as mechanistic and concerns about scientific progress as irrational. Accomplishments to date in pursuit of this collaborative vision through the favoured vehicle of integrated catchment management (ICM) have mostly been disappointing. While governments remain outwardly optimistic that administrative refinements to ICM programs will ultimately deliver success in this pursuit, others argue that systemic cultural changes are required. Prominent among the latter's concerns is the complacency with which leaders have addressed the challenge of translating the vision into practice."

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