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Village Politics: Heterogeneity, Leadership And Collective Action

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dc.contributor.author Vedeld, Trond en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-07-31T14:41:43Z
dc.date.available 2009-07-31T14:41:43Z
dc.date.issued 2000 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2001-07-02 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2001-07-02 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/2030
dc.description.abstract "When comparing stratified Fulani village societies, little direct relationship between the degree of heterogeneity and the success in collective action was found, except when heterogeneity among leadership and elite groups was compared. Small size and homogeneous groups do not seem to be general preconditions for stronger ability to perform collectively. First, it was found that homogeneity among elite groups enhanced capacity for collective action. Second, it was when heterogeneity in economic interests between elite groups intensified and coincided with other dimensions of heterogeneity that collective action became difficult to achieve, such as heterogeneity in economic wealth, access to land and common-pool resources, and agreement over authority of the leadership. Third, collective action was enhanced by political elites and leaders being a bit better endowed and a bit wealthier than the average community members, but not when their assets were mobilised against the economic interests and sense of fairness of other social groups. Fourth, the coordination power of the leadership related to the management of common-pool resources was undermined when leadership had extensive recourse to state officials external to the village community, underscoring the importance of autonomy." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject IASC en_US
dc.subject common pool resources en_US
dc.subject collective action en_US
dc.subject village organization en_US
dc.subject Fulani (African people) en_US
dc.subject pastoralism en_US
dc.subject households en_US
dc.subject inequality en_US
dc.subject social organization en_US
dc.subject heterogeneity en_US
dc.title Village Politics: Heterogeneity, Leadership And Collective Action en_US
dc.type Conference Paper en_US
dc.coverage.region Africa en_US
dc.subject.sector Grazing en_US
dc.subject.sector Social Organization en_US
dc.identifier.citationconference Constituting the Commons: Crafting Sustainable Commons in the New Millennium, the Eighth Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of Common Property en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfdates May 31-June 4 en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfloc Bloomington, IN en_US
dc.submitter.email hess@indiana.edu en_US


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