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The Promise of Polycentricity in Two U.S. Water Systems

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dc.contributor.author Baehler, Karen J.
dc.contributor.author Biddle, Jennifer C.
dc.date.accessioned 2019-06-10T16:46:06Z
dc.date.available 2019-06-10T16:46:06Z
dc.date.issued 2019 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/10472
dc.description.abstract "This paper explores relationships between polycentricity and the processes through which social-ecological poverty and rigidity traps are built and dismantled. Two case studies are developed through process tracing and analyzed according to a four-phase model of social-ecological trap dynamics. Out of eight non-null hypotheses positing a variety of causal mechanisms in which polycentricity influences poverty and rigidity traps and traps influence polycentricity, evidence from the cases supports six. The paper concludes that the traps construct provides insights into various processes by which polycentricity contributes to adaptive capacity of social-ecological systems, while also highlighting potential weaknesses and limitations of polycentricity. For polycentricity to be effective in supporting adaptive capacity, this analysis suggests that two requirements must be present: a rough balance of power among the system’s decision-making centers and assurance that one or more centers support the interests of resource users and the health of the resource itself." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject polycentricity en_US
dc.title The Promise of Polycentricity in Two U.S. Water Systems en_US
dc.type Conference Paper en_US
dc.type.published unpublished en_US
dc.type.methodology Case Study en_US
dc.subject.sector Water Resource & Irrigation en_US
dc.identifier.citationconference Workshop on the Ostrom Workshop 6 en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfdates June 19-21, 2019 en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfloc Indiana University, Bloomington en_US

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