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The Patronage of Thirst: Exploring Institutional Fit on a Divided Cyprus

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dc.contributor.author Zikos, Dimitrios
dc.contributor.author Roggero, Matteo
dc.date.accessioned 2013-08-16T13:09:17Z
dc.date.available 2013-08-16T13:09:17Z
dc.date.issued 2012 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/9053
dc.description.abstract "We explore the links between Cyprus’s colonial past, divided present, and current water scarcity. With reference to the concept of fit, we tackle the question of whether we can observe fit in settings where institutions for collective action work differently than we would expect. We perform a secondary analysis of interview materials on Cyprus's water conflicts, extracting arguments for and against different solutions to water scarcity. Two perspectives on fit emerge: 'island fit', which supports island-wide institutions; and 'patronage fit', which embodies institutions that link Cypriots to their respective patrons Turkey and Greece. The analysis reveals a preference for island-wide institutional arrangements. However, rather than resting on biophysical considerations, such preference is linked to the feeling of unity of the two communities inhabiting Cyprus. We therefore observe institutions that face a trade-off between fitting to social groupings and fitting to biophysical circumstances." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject social-ecological systems en_US
dc.subject institutions en_US
dc.subject water management en_US
dc.subject scarcity en_US
dc.title The Patronage of Thirst: Exploring Institutional Fit on a Divided Cyprus en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.type.published published en_US
dc.type.methodology Case Study en_US
dc.coverage.region Europe en_US
dc.coverage.country Cyprus en_US
dc.subject.sector Water Resource & Irrigation en_US
dc.identifier.citationjournal Ecology and Society en_US
dc.identifier.citationvolume 18 en_US
dc.identifier.citationnumber 2 en_US

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