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Conservation and Wealth Asymmetries among East African Pastoralists

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dc.contributor.author Ruttan, Lore M. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-07-31T14:44:38Z
dc.date.available 2009-07-31T14:44:38Z
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/10535/2344
dc.description.abstract "Controversy exists among anthropologists, conservation biologists and development workers as to whether the concept of the 'ecologically noble savage' is a myth. Central to this debate are the problems of how to identify conservationist behavior and the issue of whether sound management practices of common property are likely to evolve. While social scientists have documented instances where restraint over the use of resources occurs, those who adopt an evolutionary perspective are challenged to identify the selective mechanisms whereby such altruistic conservation acts might be maintained in a population. Here a game theoretical approach is used to analyze the case of pastoralist grazing reserves. It is demonstrated that under some conditions, conservation can be the result of narrow self-interest and there is no collective action problem. However, the range of these conditions is much broader for wealthy individuals and thus, the wealthy may also find it advantageous to coerce others into conserving. " en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject IASC en_US
dc.subject common pool resources en_US
dc.subject pastoralism en_US
dc.subject game theory en_US
dc.subject conservation--theory en_US
dc.subject collective action--theory en_US
dc.subject conflict resolution--theory en_US
dc.subject heterogeneity en_US
dc.title Conservation and Wealth Asymmetries among East African Pastoralists en_US
dc.type Conference Paper en_US
dc.type.published unpublished en_US
dc.coverage.region Africa en_US
dc.subject.sector Grazing en_US
dc.subject.sector Theory 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, USA en_US
dc.submitter.email hess@indiana.edu en_US

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