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Co-operation and the urban environment: An exploration

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  • P. B. Anand

Many urban environmental problems (such as littering of streets) arise from the open access character of the resource concerned and can be analysed in the framework of co-operation. Studies in the context of rural commons have indicated that though seeming to be violating a narrow definition of rationality, people do cooperate. This paper attempts to explore some issues in the context of the urban environment, focusing on solid waste management in Madras, India, and a co-operation based institution called Exnora. A number of hypotheses on the conditions affecting co-operation are examined. While group size may be relevant for costs, it does not have any impact on co-operation. The management style of committees and economies of scope seem to be important.

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Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Journal of Development Studies.

Volume (Year): 36 (2000)
Issue (Month): 5 ()
Pages: 30-58

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DOI: 10.1080/00220380008422645
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