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Common Property Rights, Adaptive Capacity, and Response to Forest Disturbance

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Type: Working Paper
Author: Coleman, Eric A.
Date: 2010
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/7505
Sector: Forestry
Subject(s): property rights
Abstract: "I analyze common property rights of forest user groups and assess how such rights interact with adaptive capacity to constrain or enhance the ability of communities to engender favorable outcomes. I delineate common property rights in terms of rights of access, withdrawal, management, exclusion, and alienation. Then, using statistical analysis of 326 forest user groups from 13 countries from the database of the International Forestry Resources and Institutions program, I show how forest users respond to disturbance based on the property rights they hold, their organizational capacity, and the presence of rival users. I find that the presence of rival groups significantly modifies the efficacy of particular bundles of property rights, while organizational capacity has a limited role in engendering desirable outcomes in response to disturbance."

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