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Institutional Configurations Around Forest Reserves in Zimbabwe

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dc.contributor.author Matose, Frank en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-07-31T14:37:46Z
dc.date.available 2009-07-31T14:37:46Z
dc.date.issued 2002 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2002-11-06 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2002-11-06 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/1563
dc.description.abstract "This paper examines how institutions mediate values placed on different forest resources by forest users. It focuses on the key question: how do the situated practices of different actors, collectively or as individuals influence relations between the State and local people? It also examines how the institutional configurations in different contexts may influence the development of co-management; which institutional contexts produce which sets of relations, with what implications for forest management. In considering the role institutions play in mediating access to forest resources around reserves in Zimbabwe, the paper addresses the ways in which different people's actions are constrained by institutions (structure) and in turn how actors change the nature of institutions through their actions. This conceptualisation draws from Giddens (1984). Taking Giddens approach renders the notion of 'community' rather unhelpful in explaining the practices of different actors in situations where the State is dominant. The institutional approach taken in the paper, which gives emphasis to the situated behaviour of agents or individuals, and how this shapes the nature of resource regulations and organisations, is argued to be more relevant for circumstances obtaining in and around forest reserves. By virtue of focusing on rules in use (after Ostrom, 1990) around forest reserves, the paper offers an opportunity to look critically at institutions and authority systems (Robins, 1998) around a state property regime from the perspectives of the social practices of different users and user groups. In this paper then, it will be demonstrated how access to forest resources for different users/actors is gained through informal and formal institutions and authority systems. This has implications for how certain forest users/actors gain access to certain resources. Some resources end up being accessed through covert means while others are accessed overtly, thereby contributing to the development of different types of relationship between forest authorities and resource users. The nature of these relations, and the embedded struggles over resource use linked to them has implications for joint forest management by forestry officials and different local people." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject IASC en_US
dc.subject common pool resources en_US
dc.subject forest management en_US
dc.subject institutional analysis--case studies en_US
dc.subject value en_US
dc.subject institutional change en_US
dc.subject social networks en_US
dc.title Institutional Configurations Around Forest Reserves in Zimbabwe en_US
dc.type Conference Paper en_US
dc.type.published unpublished en_US
dc.coverage.region Africa en_US
dc.coverage.country Zimbabwe en_US
dc.subject.sector Forestry en_US
dc.subject.sector Social Organization en_US
dc.identifier.citationconference The Commons in an Age of Globalisation, the Ninth Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of Common Property en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfdates June 17-21, 2002 en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfloc Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe en_US
dc.submitter.email fwalexan@indiana.edu en_US

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