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Constituting Social Capital and Collective Action

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Type: Conference Paper
Author: Ostrom, Elinor
Conference: Heterogeneity and Collective Action
Location: Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
Conf. Date: October 14-17
Date: 1993
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/8221
Sector: Theory
Water Resource & Irrigation
Subject(s): Workshop
collective action
social capital
common pool resources
institutional analysis--IAD framework
Abstract: "Ignoring the impact on a form of social capital--the rules used in farmer-organized irrigation systems--of changes in physical capital can lead to the unintended consequences that the physical capital is not as productive as intended. Analysis focuses on the choice of rules made by farmers in symmetric and asymmetric situations. Using this analysis, it is possible to illustrate why many donor-funded improvements in physical capital have had counterproductive impacts."

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