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Las instituciones de riego en la España del este. Una reflexión a la luz de la obra de Elinor Ostrom

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  • Samuel Garrido

    (Universitat Jaume I)

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In Governing the Commons, Elinor Ostrom studied a large sample of institutions developed to regulate the use of common pool resources, in order to obtain empirical data that could provide the basis for her theory of self-organized collective action. Olstrom observed that all the analyzed institutions, which had survived for a long time, fulfilled the same eight «design principles». The communities of irrigators in the orchards of Valencia, Murcia, Orihuela, and Alicante were amongst the sample institutions. However, the information taken from them came from works that defended their democratic character or sustained that irrigators themselves had the capability to modify irrigation rules, views with which most Spanish experts disagree. In this article we study whether Olstrom´s eight «design principles» were present in the orchards or not and reach the conclusion that sometimes they were not, a fact that does diminish the helpfulness of the powerful theoretical instruments developed by Ostrom, to understand the logic behind the workings of the Spanish irrigators’ institutions.

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  • Samuel Garrido, 2011. "Las instituciones de riego en la España del este. Una reflexión a la luz de la obra de Elinor Ostrom," Historia Agraria. Revista de Agricultura e Historia Rural, Sociedad Española de Historia Agraria, issue 53, pages 13-42, april.
  • Handle: RePEc:seh:journl:y:2011:i:53:m:april:p:13-42
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    1. Samuel Garrido & Salvador Calatayud, 2011. "The price of improvements: agrarian contracts and agrarian development in nineteenth‐century eastern Spain," Economic History Review, Economic History Society, vol. 64(2), pages 598-620, May.
    2. Garrido, Samuel, 2011. "Fixed-rent contracts and investment incentives. A comparative analysis of English tenant right," Explorations in Economic History, Elsevier, vol. 48(1), pages 66-82, January.
    3. Samuel Garrido, 2010. "Mejorar y quedarse. La cesión de tierra a rentas por debajo del equilibrio en la Valencia del siglo XIX," Documentos de Trabajo de la Sociedad Española de Historia Agraria 1009, Sociedad Española de Historia Agraria.
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    1. Carles Sanchis Ibor, 2016. "Las instituciones intercomunitarias de gestión colectiva del riego. El fracaso del Sindicato General de Riegos del Turia (1850-1883)," Historia Agraria. Revista de Agricultura e Historia Rural, Sociedad Española de Historia Agraria, issue 68, pages 41-70, april.
    2. repec:seh:journl:y:2018:i:74:m:april:p:135-166 is not listed on IDEAS
    3. Woodhouse, P. & Muller, M., 2017. "Water Governance—An Historical Perspective on Current Debates," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 92(C), pages 225-241.

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    Keywords

    Ostrom; Irrigation Communities; Collective Action; Common Pool Resources;

    JEL classification:

    • N53 - Economic History - - Agriculture, Natural Resources, Environment and Extractive Industries - - - Europe: Pre-1913
    • N54 - Economic History - - Agriculture, Natural Resources, Environment and Extractive Industries - - - Europe: 1913-
    • Q15 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Land Ownership and Tenure; Land Reform; Land Use; Irrigation; Agriculture and Environment
    • Q25 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - Water

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