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Common Property and Natural Resources in the Alps: The Decay of Management Structures

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dc.contributor.author Kissling-Näf, Ingrid
dc.contributor.author Volken, Thomas
dc.contributor.author Bisang, Kurt
dc.date.accessioned 2010-04-28T18:56:42Z
dc.date.available 2010-04-28T18:56:42Z
dc.date.issued 2000 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/5744
dc.description.abstract "Local-authority and collective forms of ownership still tend to dominate in the Alpine regions. This article concentrates on collective ownership or common property in the Alps and poses the question as to its importance with respect to the sustainable use of natural resources in the mountain regions. The concept of common property or collective ownership is explained in the first part of the article and the advantages and disadvantages of this ideal type of regulatory system, at least as presented in the literature, are explored briefly. Based on empirical examples in Switzerland, the second part of this article shall demonstrate how common property regimes have undergone a change, despite the basically unchanging nature of property rights. This article and especially the chosen cases question the studies carried out by Netting (1976; 1981), who examined alpine, meadow and forest management in the Valais village of Torbel. Netting demonstrated that a differentiated collective property order for forests, meadows and alps is no historical anachronism and can produce entirely valid results. Chapter three is, therefore, concerned with recent trends and emerging management forms for forests, water courses and alps." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject mountain regions en_US
dc.subject property rights en_US
dc.subject common pool resources en_US
dc.subject collective action en_US
dc.subject institutional change en_US
dc.subject land tenure and use en_US
dc.subject forest policy en_US
dc.subject pastoralism en_US
dc.subject water resources en_US
dc.title Common Property and Natural Resources in the Alps: The Decay of Management Structures en_US
dc.type Working Paper en_US
dc.type.methodology Case Study en_US
dc.coverage.region Europe en_US
dc.coverage.country Switzerland en_US
dc.subject.sector Forestry en_US
dc.subject.sector General & Multiple Resources en_US
dc.subject.sector Grazing en_US

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