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Two Factors Affecting the Solution of Social Dilemmas in a Mexican Fishery

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Type: Conference Paper
Author: Pomeroy, Caroline
Conference: Inequality and the Commons, the Third Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of Common Property
Location: Washington, DC
Conf. Date: September 17-20, 1992
Date: 1992
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/1745
Sector: Fisheries
Region: Central America & Caribbean
Subject(s): fisheries
common pool resources
design principles--case studies
Abstract: "In this paper, I explore the relevance of two design principles: clearly defined boundaries and minimal recognition of fishers' rights to organize, to the emergence and maintenance of CPR institutions in the Lake Chapala fishery. First, I provide a brief description of the research and its setting. Second, I describe the boundaries of the fishery, as articulated in law and government policy, and in policy espoused by the fishers' organizations studied. Third, I discuss examples of inconsistencies in authorities' recognition of these various boundary definitions, and the effects these have on fishers. Finally, I summarize the combined effects of unclear boundary definition and incomplete recognition of fishers' efforts to coordinate resource use on their ability to resolve problems associated with that use."

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