Conflict Resolution Mechanisms Maintaining an Agricultural System. Early Modern Local Courts as an Arena for Solving Collective-Action Problems within Scandinavian Civil Law

dc.contributor.authorLarsson, Jesper
dc.coverage.countrySwedenen_US
dc.coverage.regionEuropeen_US
dc.date.accessioned2016-11-14T21:07:26Z
dc.date.available2016-11-14T21:07:26Z
dc.date.issued2016en_US
dc.description.abstract"Rapid access to low-cost local arenas to resolve conflicts among appropriators is one of the principles that characterise robust common-pool resource (CPR) institutions. In spite of this insight, we have little knowledge about how such institutions solved collective-action problems in early modern Scandinavia, when CPRs were an important part of production. Arenas to resolve conflicts among appropriators range from informal meetings among users to formal court cases. This paper focuses on local courts, rather than laws and by-laws, within the Scandinavian legal origin and how these courts developed as arenas for CPR conflict resolution. Court rulings from Leksand Parish in central Sweden were the backbone for this study. The results indicate that access to a low-cost arena was more important to the peasants than rapid access to the courts. Successful conflict resolution could take years to accomplish and it was more important for the court to embed their decisions in people’s minds than to come to a quick resolution. Further, I demonstrate that the court laid the foundation for disputing parties to solve conflicts among themselves. Lay judges – peasants from the region – came to play an important role in conflict resolution. Thus, in the 17th and 18th centuries, the court played a central role in maintaining agricultural CPRs."en_US
dc.identifier.citationjournalInternational Journal of the Commonsen_US
dc.identifier.citationnumber2en_US
dc.identifier.citationpages1100-1118en_US
dc.identifier.citationvolume10en_US
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10535/10186
dc.languageEnglishen_US
dc.subjectcommonsen_US
dc.subjectconflict resolutionen_US
dc.subjectdesign principlesen_US
dc.subject.sectorAgricultureen_US
dc.subject.sectorHistoryen_US
dc.titleConflict Resolution Mechanisms Maintaining an Agricultural System. Early Modern Local Courts as an Arena for Solving Collective-Action Problems within Scandinavian Civil Lawen_US
dc.typeJournal Articleen_US
dc.type.methodologyCase Studyen_US
dc.type.publishedpublisheden_US

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