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Informal Cooperation in the Commons? Evidence from a Survey of Australian Farmers Facing Irrigation Salinity

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dc.contributor.author Marshall, Graham R. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-07-31T14:43:00Z
dc.date.available 2009-07-31T14:43:00Z
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/10535/2165
dc.description.abstract "Land and water management plans developed for the four irrigation districts surrounding Deniliquin in the River Murray catchment are said to be at the leading-edge of Australian institutional innovations for integrated resource management. Farmers have been strongly involved in the development of the Plans and in deliberations regarding their implementation. Implementation accountabilities have been devolved to Murray Irrigation Limited, a company wholly owned by its irrigator customers. The plans primarily focus on an emerging tragedy of the commons, with the area's soils are predicted to become increasingly degraded by salinisation unless local cooperation is achieved in limiting watertable recharge. The irrigator-owned company can thus be regarded as a common property regime insofar as its watertable management function is concerned. "The community ownership rhetoric behind these institutional developments seems to signify an attempt to come to terms with the high, often prohibitive, transaction costs typically associated with formal governance of a common-pool resource. The reasoning appears to be that local human and social capital is the key to finding institutional arrangements which realise the potential of local informal capacity for self-organisation and thereby lessen the need for formal governance. "In an effort to go beyond anecdotal evidence of the alleged contribution of the informal in this instance, a face- to-face survey of 235 farm businesses was undertaken. This allowed the influence of various products of social capital, including trust, reciprocity and norms, on both farmer commitment to, and intention to comply with, their district's plan to be tested statistically. Findings are discussed in the paper." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject IASC en_US
dc.subject common pool resources en_US
dc.subject agriculture en_US
dc.subject conservation en_US
dc.subject irrigation en_US
dc.subject surveys en_US
dc.subject community participation en_US
dc.subject salinization en_US
dc.subject institutional analysis en_US
dc.subject social capital en_US
dc.subject institutional economics en_US
dc.subject transaction costs en_US
dc.subject reciprocity en_US
dc.title Informal Cooperation in the Commons? Evidence from a Survey of Australian Farmers Facing Irrigation Salinity en_US
dc.type Conference Paper en_US
dc.coverage.region Pacific and Australia en_US
dc.subject.sector Agriculture en_US
dc.subject.sector Water Resource & Irrigation 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, Indiana en_US
dc.submitter.email hess@indiana.edu en_US

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