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The Vulnerability of Polycentricity: The Case Study of Fracking Governance in Pennsylvania

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Type: Conference Paper
Author: Laurens, Emma; York, Abigail; Arnold, Gwen
Conference: Workshop on the Ostrom Workshop 6
Location: Indiana University, Bloomington
Conf. Date: June 19-21, 2019
Date: 2019
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/10522
Sector: General & Multiple Resources
Region: North America
Subject(s): polycentricity
Abstract: "Polycentric governance is often hailed for its ability to increase stakeholder participation, encourage political innovation and produce more sustainable outcomes when compared to traditional, hierarchical governing systems (Aligica & Tarko, 2012; E. Ostrom, 2001, 2010). While this type of governance may internalize externalities by expanding governance boundaries, polycentricism is criticized for bureaucratic inefficiencies and increased complexity (Aligica & Tarko, 2012). The conversation surrounding appropriate government systems must include discussion of rules and political values in addition to questions of efficiency (Aligica & Tarko, 2012). Using Pennsylvania’s natural gas development as a case study, we explore the positive and negative aspects of polycentric governance. Pennsylvania is an interesting case study of polycentricity due to the state’s unique approach to natural gas industry taxation and a patchwork of stakeholders competing for influence (Christopherson & Rightor, 2012). The lack of empirical work on the impacts of polycentric governance on different community development strategies in general and within the energy infrastructure space in particular (Goldthau, 2014), allows for the development of evaluation tools for energy governance."

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