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Collective Action, Property Rights, and Devolution of Natural Resource Management

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Type: Working Paper
Author: Katon, Brenda M.; Knox, Anna; Meinzen-Dick, Ruth
Date: 2001
Agency: CGIAR System-wide Program on Property Rights and Collective Action, International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington, DC
Series: Policy Brief, no. 2
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/3670
Sector: General & Multiple Resources
Social Organization
Subject(s): collective action
property rights
resource management
Abstract: "The past decade has seen a growing recognition of the benefits that can be derived from transferring control over natural resources from central governments to local bodies. There are three reasons for this devolution: 1) recognition of the limited effectiveness of the state in managing natural resources, especially at the local level. 2) few developing countries have the resources to monitor large areas of forests, fisheries, rangelands or irigation schemes, resulting in the poor management of these resources 3) devolution of resource management opens the door for more democratic processes to emerge by shifting greater authority and decision-making to rural people. "For devolution to work effectively, users must engage in collective action. This paper explores this linkage."

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