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Self Governance Under Weak Rule of Law and Anti-Social Punishment: An Experimental Study Among Kavango Forest Users

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dc.contributor.author Vollan, Bjørn
dc.contributor.author Pröpper, Michael
dc.date.accessioned 2011-04-28T15:36:00Z
dc.date.available 2011-04-28T15:36:00Z
dc.date.issued 2011 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/7389
dc.description.abstract "In order to assess forest resource harvesting and subsequent punishment behaviour in the Kavango woodland savannah of Namibia, we used a framed public goods field-experiment. The extraction game was framed as a task to withdraw timber from a commonly owned and jointly managed forest with external and internal punishment treatments. In this region with a weak rule of law we show that internal punishment (and thus self-governance) is the preferential rule measured in terms of cooperation and resource protection compared with external punishment (Government intervention). We find that antisocial punishment (i.e. the sanctioning of people who cooperate), which often occurs in settings with a weak rule of law, does not prevent cooperative self-governance. We test various hypotheses on the micro-level determinants of antisocial punishment and combine our findings with ethnographic evidence on cooperation and rule of law in the society. We highlight the role of individual revenge and group composition with competitive people as drivers for anti-social punishment." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject competition en_US
dc.subject public goods and bads en_US
dc.subject justice en_US
dc.title Self Governance Under Weak Rule of Law and Anti-Social Punishment: An Experimental Study Among Kavango Forest Users en_US
dc.type Conference Paper en_US
dc.type.published unpublished en_US
dc.type.methodology Case Study en_US
dc.coverage.region Africa en_US
dc.subject.sector Forestry en_US
dc.subject.sector Social Organization en_US
dc.identifier.citationconference Sustaining Commons: Sustaining Our Future, the Thirteenth Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of the Commons en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfdates January 10-14 en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfloc Hyderabad, India en_US

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