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Indigenous Institutions And Forest Conservation: User- Group Self-Initiatives In India


  • Madhushree Sekher

    (Institute for social and Economic Change)


This paper aims to explore self-initiatives in local resource management. Based on two village case studies, it suggests that the willingness of ‘rational’ individuals in a community to design their own institutions of collective action is based on the exigencies of their daily subsistence existence and the complex pattern of reciprocity built into their lifestyle over a lifetime of cohabitation. It limits itself to emphasizing possibilities of indigenous institutions and makes a case for recognizing them which otherwise are largely ignored under external development interventions.

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  • Madhushree Sekher, 2003. "Indigenous Institutions And Forest Conservation: User- Group Self-Initiatives In India," Working Papers 140, Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore.
  • Handle: RePEc:sch:wpaper:140

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    1. Elinor Ostrom, 2000. "Collective Action and the Evolution of Social Norms," Journal of Economic Perspectives, American Economic Association, vol. 14(3), pages 137-158, Summer.
    2. Runge, Carlisle Ford, 1986. "Common property and collective action in economic development," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 14(5), pages 623-635, May.
    3. Sekher, Madhushree, 2001. "Organized participatory resource management: insights from community forestry practices in India," Forest Policy and Economics, Elsevier, vol. 3(3-4), pages 137-154, November.
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