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Institutional Dynamics: The Evolution and Dissolution of Common Property Resource Management

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Type: Conference Paper
Author: Thomson, James T.; Feeny, David; Oakerson, Ronald J.
Conference: Conference on Common Property Resource Management
Location: Washington, DC
Conf. Date: April 21-26, 1985
Date: 1986
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/1740
Sector: Land Tenure & Use
Region: East Asia
Subject(s): institutional analysis
common pool resources
forest management
Oakerson framework
Abstract: "Institutional arrangements for the management of common-pool resources are created and evolve in particular settings. A full understanding of the evolution and survival of such arrangements thus requires dynamic analysis of case studies. The framework presented in Oakerson (1986) may be applied recursively to examine dynamic sequences of change. Thus responses to exogenous shocks in one period become part of the existing set of institutional arrangements in the next, affecting the subsequent path of evolution in institutional arrangements. The dynamic sequences of change in the management of forest resources in Niger (1884-1984) and land resources in Thailand (1850-1980) are the theme of the paper. By applying the model in Oakerson (1986) iteratively, changes in both individual strategies and decision-making arrangements may be made endogenous. The approach is applied at both the local and supra-local levels."

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