The way that humans organize both resource access and resource use is vital to the management of natural resources. Within different contexts, institutional arrangements (such as the rules of common and private property rights) become levers by which human behaviours can be modified and steered towards the goals of sustainable natural resource management. Featuring contributions from leading thinkers in the field, this groundbreaking volume ...
The way that humans organize both resource access and resource use is vital to the management of natural resources. Within different contexts, institutional arrangements (such as the rules of common and private property rights) become levers by which human behaviours can be modified and steered towards the goals of sustainable natural resource management. Featuring contributions from leading thinkers in the field, this groundbreaking volume examines institutional dynamics from the perspective of natural resource management.
The book is organized into four parts. The first discusses institutional diversity and contextual change. Following this, institutional misfit is analysed with a strong focus on the long-term impacts of colonial structures in the Asia-Pacific region. The book then discusses experiences with institutional dynamics in order to ease the tension of such misfits before examining future research needs.
Ultimately, through careful argument and by deploying original research, the authors make the case that institutional arrangements cannot be perceived as a set of parameters that can be optimized and locked in for the most efficient functioning of a system; nor can institutions be evaluated outside the context in which they were developed. This is powerful, thought-provoking and important reading for academics, researchers, policy-makers and professionals in resource, institutional and environmental economics and land use planning and policy across the full range of natural resource sectors from forestry to agriculture.
Published with CSIRO.
Cover image: Blue Flower of Life (c) Theresa J. Richardson 2006
Silva Larson is a Research Officer with the CSIRO.
Alex Smajgl has worked for a consultancy specialized in Energy Economics, developed different socio-economic tools for Climate Change negotiations and advised different German Departments and the European Commission.
List of Figures and Tables; Preface; PART I THE CONTEXT: 1) Institutional Dynamics and Natural Resource Management-Alex Smajgl and Silva Larson; PART II INSTITUTIONAL DIVERSITY AND CONTEXTUAL CHANGE: 2) Multiple Institutions for Multiple Outcomes-Elinor Ostrom; 3) The Challenge of Maintaining the Salience of Common Property Rights with Increasing Cultural and Socio-Economic Heterogeneity-Katrina Myrvang Brown; PART III INSTITUTIONAL MISFIT: 4) Traditional and Customary Land Tenure and Appurtenant Rights: Reflections on Critical Factors of an Ecologically Sustainable Australian Outback-Alex Amankwah; 5) Substantive and Procedural Dimensions of Old and New Forms of Property: IPRs, the CBD and the Protection of Traditional Ecological Knowledge-Michael Jeffrey; 6) Myth, Embeddedness and Tradition: Property Rights Perceptions from the Pacific-Spike Boydell; 7) Indigenous Property Right to Water: Environmental Flows, Cultural Values and Tradeable Property Rights-Donna Craig; 8) Commercial Forestry: An Economic Development Opportunity Consistent with the Property Rights of Wik People to Natural Resources-Tyron J. Venn; 9) Coping with a Tragedy of the Australian Aboriginal Common-Rolf Gerritsen and Anna Straton; PART IV: EXPERIENCES IN DEALING WITH INSTITUTIONAL DYNAMICS: 10) Designing Robust Common Property Regimes for Collaboration Towards Rural Sustainability-David J. Brunckhorst and Graham R. Marshall; 11) The Need to Consider the Administration of Property Rights and Restrictions Before Creating Them-Ken Lyons, Kevin Davies and Ed Cottrell; 12) Building Institutional Incentives in Dying Communities-Alex Smajgl, Melissa Nursey-Bray, Karen Vella andAlexander Herr; 13) The Potential for Market Mechanisms to Achieve Vegetation Protection in the Desert Uplands-John Rolfe; 14) A Metaphysical Grounding for Ecologically Sustainable Property Rights-Garrick Small; Contributors; Index.