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Coordination in Irrigation Systems: An Analysis of the Lansing-Kremer Model of Bali

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Type: Journal Article
Author: Janssen, Marco A.
Journal: Agricultural Systems
Volume: 93
Date: 2007
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/2469
Sector: Social Organization
Region: East Asia
Subject(s): irrigation
agent-based computational economics
decision making
Abstract: "Farmers within irrigation systems, such as those in Bali, solve complex coordination problems to allocate water and control pests. Lansing and Kremer's [Lansing, J.S., Kremer, J.N., 1993. Emergent properties of Balinese water temples. American Anthropologist 95(1), 97-114] study of Balinese water temples showed that this coordination problem can be solved by assuming simple local rules for how individual communities make their decisions. Using the original Lansing-Kremer model, the robustness of their insights was analyzed and the ability of agents to self-organize was found to be sensitive to pest dynamics and assumptions of agent decision making."

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