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Governing Large-scale Social-ecological Systems: Lessons from a Comparison of Five Cases

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dc.contributor.author Fleischman, Forrest
dc.contributor.author Ban, Natalie C.
dc.contributor.author Evans, Louisa S.
dc.contributor.author Epstein, Graham
dc.contributor.author Garcia-Lopez, Gustavo
dc.contributor.author Villamayor-Tomas, Sergio
dc.date.accessioned 2013-09-16T17:45:44Z
dc.date.available 2013-09-16T17:45:44Z
dc.date.issued 2013 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10535/9123
dc.description.abstract "This paper compares five case studies of large scale governance of common-pool resources: management of forests in Indonesia, the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, the Rhine River in western Europe, the Ozone layer (i.e. the Montreal Protocol), and the Atlantic Bluefin Tuna (i.e. the International Convention on the Conservation of Atlantic Tuna). The goal is to assess the applicability of Ostrom's design principles for sustainable resource governance to large scale systems, as well as to examine other important variables that may determine success in large scale systems. While we find support for some of Ostrom's design principles (boundaries, monitoring, sanctions, fit to conditions, and conflict resolution mechanisms are all supported), other principles have only moderate to weak support. In particular, recognition of rights to organize and the accountability of monitors to resource users were not supported. We argue that these differences are the result of differences between small and large scale systems. At large scales, other kinds of political dynamics, including the role of scientists and civil society organizations, appear to play key roles. Other variables emphasized in common-pool resource studies, such as levels of dependence on resources, group size, heterogeneity, disturbances, and resource characteristics also receive mixed support, pointing to the need to reinterpret the meaning of common-pool resource theories in order for them to be applicable at larger scales." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject common pool resources--theory en_US
dc.subject design principles en_US
dc.subject scale en_US
dc.subject forests en_US
dc.subject fisheries en_US
dc.subject marine resources en_US
dc.subject protected areas en_US
dc.subject pollution en_US
dc.title Governing Large-scale Social-ecological Systems: Lessons from a Comparison of Five Cases en_US
dc.type Conference Paper en_US
dc.type.published unpublished en_US
dc.type.methodology Case Study en_US
dc.subject.sector General & Multiple Resources en_US
dc.identifier.citationconference Commoners and the Changing Commons: Livelihoods, Environmental Security, and Shared Knowledge, the Fourteenth Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of the Commons en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfdates June 3-7 en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfloc Mt. Fuji, Japan en_US


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