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dc.contributor.author Sikor, Thomas en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-07-31T15:13:59Z
dc.date.available 2009-07-31T15:13:59Z
dc.date.issued 2002 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2002-07-25 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2002-07-25 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/4193
dc.description.abstract "The paper analyses the institutional dynamics surrounding common-pool resources in postsocialist Central and Eastern Europe. It is conceived in close conjunction with the case studies reported in the four preceding papers in this series. The purpose of this pa-per is to frame the individual case inquiries, compare the findings from the four plus two additional case studies, and relate those to broader agrarian and environmental changes in Central and Eastern Europe. "The comparative assessment suggests that resource governance has shifted from the previously dominant legal and administrative state hierarchies towards markets. In addition, state power has moved from central governments towards local authorities. The waning and decentralisation of state power has caused the emergence of significant gaps between property legislation and rights-in-practice, which have been particularly stark in weak states. The discrepancy between legal texts and rights-in-practice leads to the exclusion of public and collective interests in favour of private interests in CPR management. It finds its environmental expression in the declining use of water control systems, widespread destruction of water infrastructure, and unfettered conversion of agricultural land for urban sprawl. Thus, the findings attest to the central role of distributive issues in postsocialist privatisation and suggest an additional dimension of distributive conflict: different rights and obligations associated with resources. They also suggest the need for postsocialist governments to be actively involved in the management of common-pool resources for the protection of public and collective interests." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries CEESA Discussion Paper No. 10 en_US
dc.subject common pool resources en_US
dc.subject institutional change en_US
dc.subject property rights--comparative analysis en_US
dc.subject legislation en_US
dc.subject decentralization en_US
dc.subject CEESA en_US
dc.title The Commons in Transition en_US
dc.type Working Paper en_US
dc.publisher.workingpaperseries Humboldt-University of Berlin, Germany en_US
dc.coverage.region Europe en_US
dc.subject.sector General & Multiple Resources en_US
dc.submitter.email thomas.sikor@rz.hu-berlin.de en_US

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