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Top Down Co-Management? The Role of Policy Entrepreneurs and Distributive Conflict

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Type: Conference Paper
Author: Beem, Betsi
Conference: Survival of the Commons: Mounting Challenges and New Realities, the Eleventh Conference of the International Association for the Study of Common Property
Location: Bali, Indonesia
Conf. Date: June 19-23, 2006
Date: 2006
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/945
Sector: Fisheries
Region: North America
Subject(s): IASC
fisheries--case studies
collective action--case studies
decision making--case studies
co-management--case studies
Abstract: "The study examines two fisheries, the Chesapeake Bay blue crab (Callinectes sapidus) fishery and the Maine lobster (Homarus americanus) fishery. Both fisheries exhibit a number of characteristics that are theoretically conducive to overcoming collective action problems associated with the management of common pool resources and both fisheries had support from government agencies and legislators to actively examine co- management options. However, motivation to attend to co-management options varied considerably between the user groups. What is puzzling is that discussions of co-management were eventually shelved in the Chesapeake Bay but implemented in Maine, despite a number of similarities in user group composition and resource attributes as well as support from key decision makers."

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