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Owners Escape Unharmed: Activation of Institutional Rules in Rivalries between Heterogeneous Water Users

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dc.contributor.author Aubin, David en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-07-31T14:32:05Z
dc.date.available 2009-07-31T14:32:05Z
dc.date.issued 2004 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2004-12-03 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2004-12-03 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/770
dc.description.abstract "The provision of different goods and services from the same natural common-pool resource increases scarcity and threatens renewability. The behaviour of resource users is regulated by various institutional rules, mainly property rights and public policies. These rules are activated in order to defend their own use against others. How do heterogeneous water users solve their rivalries? Our theoretical framework suggests that a resolution of rivalries comesout of a process of activation and confrontation of rules between competing users. We postulate that an owner activates property rights and a non-owner public policies that point him out as a final beneficiary. We retain here two ideal-typical user confrontations: property rights against property rights and property rights against public policies. We advocate that success in the resolution of the rivalry is subject to a specific kind of local arrangement in each case. If two owners confront, then the rivalry is solved through a bilateral agreement, and if an owner confronts with a final beneficiary, then the State compensates the owner for his loss. We test these two hypotheses on four empirical cases in Belgium and Switzerland. What emerges from the analysis is that an owner never loses in a resolution of a rivalry, or not much at all." en_US
dc.subject IASC en_US
dc.subject common pool resources--theory en_US
dc.subject water resources en_US
dc.subject heterogeneity en_US
dc.subject rules en_US
dc.subject competition en_US
dc.subject property rights en_US
dc.subject scarcity en_US
dc.title Owners Escape Unharmed: Activation of Institutional Rules in Rivalries between Heterogeneous Water Users en_US
dc.type Conference Paper en_US
dc.coverage.region Europe en_US
dc.coverage.country Belgium Switzerland en_US
dc.subject.sector Water Resource & Irrigation en_US
dc.subject.sector Social Organization en_US
dc.identifier.citationconference The Commons in an Age of Global Transition: Challenges, Risks and Opportunities, the Tenth Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of Common Property en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfdates August 9-13 en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfloc Oaxaca, Mexico en_US
dc.submitter.email yinjin@indiana.edu en_US

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