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Understanding Decentralized Forest Governance: An Application of the Institutional Analysis and Development Framework

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Type: Journal Article
Author: Andersson, Krister P.
Journal: Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy
Volume: 2
Page(s): 25-35
Date: 2006
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/5284
Sector: Forestry
Region: South America
Subject(s): forest management
institutional analysis--IAD framework
Abstract: "This paper analyzes how local institutional arrangements shape outcomes in the increasingly decentralized policy regimes of the non-industrialized world. The goal is to evaluate local institutional strategies associated with effective forest governance. I use the Institutional Analysis and Development (IAD) framework to study the institutional conditions conducive to effective decentralized forest governance and how these relate to sustainability. The IAD-guided analysis allows me to formulate a series of testable hypotheses about which institutional factors influence the likelihood for successful goverance outcomes in a decentralized context. I then test the hypotheses using recent empirical data from forestry-sector activities in 32 randomly selected municipal governments in Bolivia. Preliminary results suggest that local governance systems are more successful when the system's governance actors enjoy favorable conditions for information exchange and learning."

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