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Trust and Social Capital in the Design and Evolution of Institutions for Collective Action

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dc.contributor.author Six, Benjamin
dc.contributor.author van Zimmeren, Esther
dc.contributor.author Popa, Florin
dc.contributor.author Frison, Christine
dc.date.accessioned 2015-04-06T19:43:02Z
dc.date.available 2015-04-06T19:43:02Z
dc.date.issued 2015 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/9719
dc.description.abstract "This paper aims at developing an original account of trust in the framework of large scale, international collective action institutions. Our research question focuses on the desired structures and mechanisms that are necessary to sustain the trust needed to uphold the effective operation of institutions for collective action. Our theoretical framework for studying trust is based on the social capital theory. Social capital is defined as the features of social organization, such as trust, networks and norms that facilitate coordination and cooperation for mutual benefit. We claim that in different sectors and contexts stakeholders encounter difficulties in collaborating in setting up experimental institutions for collective action. In order to generate more collaboration, stakeholders need to create structures that incite actors to find the optimal way to sustain trust, to organizationally acknowledge and learn that process, and to nourish it with the precise normative idea behind the institutional apparatus. In the areas of plant genetic resources and biomedicine, stakeholders have encountered these difficulties while experimenting with different coordination mechanisms for dealing with the increased appropriation of knowledge through patents. Our two case studies in plant genetic resources and biomedicine reflect the idea that institutions must be understood as complex pragmatic connectors of trust, i.e. social matrices of collective action that sustain individual commitment, where routine and reflexivity drive trust-based coordination mechanisms in interaction with their environment. From this theoretical framework we derive some recommendations that could be useful in deciding on how to implement this idea." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject collective action en_US
dc.subject commons en_US
dc.subject governance and politics en_US
dc.subject institutions en_US
dc.subject rational choice theory en_US
dc.subject social capital en_US
dc.subject trust en_US
dc.title Trust and Social Capital in the Design and Evolution of Institutions for Collective Action en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.type.published published en_US
dc.type.methodology Case Study en_US
dc.subject.sector Social Organization en_US
dc.identifier.citationjournal International Journal of the Commons en_US
dc.identifier.citationvolume 9 en_US
dc.identifier.citationpages 151-176 en_US
dc.identifier.citationnumber 1 en_US
dc.identifier.citationmonth March en_US

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