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Institutional Interplay: The Environmental Consequences of Cross-Scale Interactions

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dc.contributor.author Young, Oran R. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-07-31T14:30:28Z
dc.date.available 2009-07-31T14:30:28Z
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/10535/519
dc.description.abstract "The boundaries separating social institutions from one another are sometimes hard to delimit with precision. Nonetheless, discrete institutions interact continually both horizontally or at the same level of social organization (e.g. interactions between trade regimes and environmental regimes at the international level) and vertically or across levels of social organization (e.g. interactions between national regulatory arrangements dealing with land use and local systems of land tenure). Focusing on issues of land use and sea use, this essay explores the consequences of vertical interplay in two distinct settings. The first setting features issues arising from the interplay between modern systems of public property articulated primarily at the national level and traditional, largely local systems rooted in practices involving common property. The second setting takes the analysis of institutional interplay to a higher level; it directs attention to regulatory regimes and examines interactions between international arrangements pertaining to the harvesting of natural resources and the management systems dealing with the same resources that operate within individual member states. The principal conclusion of the paper is that cross-scale interactions generate an inescapable tension between (1) the benefits of higher level arrangements measured in terms of opportunities to consider biophysical interdependencies and to engage in ecosystems management and (2) the costs of operating at higher levels calculated in terms of an inability to come to terms with local variations in biophysical conditions and a lack of sensitivity to the rights and interests of local stakeholders. The vigor of the debate regarding the subsidiarity principle testifies to the importance of this tension. But this debate also suggests that there is no simple criterion or formula that can be brought to bear in efforts to manage or regulate vertical interplay in these settings. Ideal responses to this institutional tension generally turn on a variety of situational factors; actual outcomes are typically products of complex political processes." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject IASC en_US
dc.subject common pool resources en_US
dc.subject scale en_US
dc.subject land tenure and use en_US
dc.subject game theory en_US
dc.subject theory en_US
dc.subject environmental policy en_US
dc.subject social organization en_US
dc.subject institutional analysis en_US
dc.subject regulation en_US
dc.title Institutional Interplay: The Environmental Consequences of Cross-Scale Interactions en_US
dc.type Conference Paper en_US
dc.subject.sector Land Tenure & Use 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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