Natural resource management: the role of cooperative institutions and governance
AbstractThere are two major discourses on cooperatives and cooperative organizations. One deals with cooperatives for product marketing, inputs, credit, housing, consumers and similar voluntary associations. The other focuses on collective action in the area of provision and management of natural resources, which is gaining in importance due to increasing resource degradation and scarcity. One of the main differences between these two types of cooperative is that the first uses resources artificially pooled by people, while the second uses pools of natural resources that pre-existed the cooperative, which are used by applying appropriate technologies and adding the necessary infrastructure. As the commons literature demonstrates, however, cooperative organization or natural resource management will only lead to successful and sustainable social construction for natural resources if a set of crucial conditions are fulfilled. After discussing two analytical frameworks, the paper presents four cases of institutional analysis of social-ecological systems. They show that actors’ interdependence caused by the attributes of nature-related transactions plays a crucial role in institutional choice and the feasibility of collective action in natural resource management.
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Bibliographic InfoArticle provided by European Research Institute on Cooperative and Social Enterprises in its journal Journal of Entrepreneurial and Organizational Diversity.
Volume (Year): 2 (2013)
Issue (Month): 1 (September)
Find related papers by JEL classification:
- D71 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Social Choice; Clubs; Committees; Associations
- L3 - Industrial Organization - - Nonprofit Organizations and Public Enterprise
- Q0 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - General
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