Sustaining Development: Environmental Resources in Developing Countries

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Sustaining Development brings together, in one accessible volume, a selection of Daniel W. Bromley's pathbreaking theoretical and empirical papers on economic development and environmental problems in the developing world. The book emphasizes the institutional dimensions of the environment and development problem, paying particular attention to the role of property regimes in understanding the causes and consequences of environmental degradation. Daniel W. Bromley, one of the world's leading environmental scholars, addresses the conceptual and empirical issues of alternative property rights, institutions and incentives as they relate to environmental resources. Drawing on empirical work, he sheds new light on the pressing problems faced by governments in the developing world as they struggle with the twin challenges of poverty and resource degradation. Throughout the book Professor Bromley pays careful attention to the policy implications and policy formulation of the issues under discussion. Sustaining Development will be welcomed by environmental and development economists as well as policy makers in both the industrialized and developing world.
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Brings together a selection of Bromley's (applied economics, U. of Wisconsin-Madison) theoretical and empirical papers on economic development and environmental problems in the developing world. The emphasis is on the institutional dimensions of the environment and development problem, in particular the role of property regimes in understanding causes and consequences of environmental degradation. Topics covered include: sustaining development; reconstituting economic systems; development reconsidered; the enclosure movement revisited; necessity and purpose in Chinese agriculture; extensification of agriculture and deforestation; and natural resource prices, export policies, and deforestation. Indexed only by name. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Table of Contents

1 Sustaining Development 3
2 Reconstituting Economic Systems: Institutions in National Economic Development 14
3 On Risk, Transactions, and Economic Development in the Semiarid Tropics 31
4 Development Reconsidered: The African Challenge 49
5 The Commons, Common Property, and Environmental Policy 65
6 Property Relations and Economic Development: The Other Land Reform 82
7 Indigenous Land Rights in Sub-Saharan Africa: Appropriation, Security and Investment Demand 93
8 Property Rights, Externalities and Resource Degradation: Locating the Tragedy 107
9 Co-Management or No Management: The Prospects for Internal Governance of Common Property Regimes through Dynamic Contracts 129
10 Institutions, Governance and Incentives in Common Property Regimes for African Rangelands 143
11 Economic Dimensions of Community-Based Conservation 163
12 The Enclosure Movement Revisited: The South African Commons 180
13 Necessity and Purpose in Chinese Agriculture: 1949-95 189
14 The Village Against the Center: Resource Depletion in South Asia 211
15 The Economics of Cain and Abel: Agro-Pastoral Property Rights in the Sahel 217
16 Extensification of Agriculture and Deforestation: Empirical Evidence from Sudan 244
17 Rainfed Mechanized Farming and Deforestation in Central Sudan 252
18 Natural Resource Prices, Export Policies, and Deforestation: The Case of Sudan 265
19 Deforestation: Institutional Causes and Solutions 274
Name index 285
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