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The Effect of Infrastructure on Social-Ecological System Dynamics: Provision Thresholds and Asymmetric Access

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dc.contributor.author Yu, David J.
dc.contributor.author Qubbaj, Murad R.
dc.contributor.author Muneepeerakul, Rachata
dc.contributor.author Anderies, John M.
dc.date.accessioned 2014-12-15T20:58:47Z
dc.date.available 2014-12-15T20:58:47Z
dc.date.issued 2014 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10535/9612
dc.description.abstract "For several millennia, humans have created built environments to harness natural processes for their benefit. Today, human-environment interactions are mediated extensively by physical infrastructure in both rural and urban environments. Yet studies of social-ecological systems (SESs) have not paid sufficient attention to how infrastructure influences coupled natural and social processes. This misses an important point: critical infrastructure is often a public good that depends on cooperation of the agents who share it. Using a model of an irrigation system (the most ancient of public infrastructure systems) as a testing ground, we found that two properties of infrastructure, threshold of provision and asymmetric access to benefits, can cause fundamental changes in the long-term dynamics of SESs. We also found some design implications for robust/resilient human-natural-engineered systems that can maintain vital functions in the face of unexpected shocks, something that has been missing in general from the broad literature.Understanding how small scale irrigation SESs may respond to infrastructure changes and globalization-related stresses is relevant for agricultural policy and our results provide some general guidance in this regard." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries CSID Working Papers no. 2014-007 en_US
dc.subject collective action en_US
dc.subject infrastructure en_US
dc.subject irrigation en_US
dc.subject social-ecological systems en_US
dc.title The Effect of Infrastructure on Social-Ecological System Dynamics: Provision Thresholds and Asymmetric Access en_US
dc.type Working Paper en_US
dc.type.methodology Case Study en_US
dc.publisher.workingpaperseries Center for the Study of Institutional Diversity, Tempe, AZ en_US
dc.subject.sector General & Multiple Resources en_US
dc.subject.sector Water Resource & Irrigation en_US


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