Sustainable governance of common-pool resources: Context, methods, and politics

@article{Agrawal2003SustainableGO,
  title={Sustainable governance of common-pool resources: Context, methods, and politics},
  author={Arun Agrawal},
  journal={Annual Review of Anthropology},
  year={2003},
  volume={32},
  pages={243-262}
}
  • A. Agrawal
  • Published 28 November 2003
  • Economics
  • Annual Review of Anthropology
▪ Abstract This paper presents a critical assessment of the field of common property. After discussing briefly the major findings and accomplishments of the scholarship on the commons, the paper pursues two strategies of critique. The first strategy of friendly critique accepts the basic assumptions of most writings on common property to show that scholars of commons have discovered far more variables that potentially affect resource management than is possible to analyze carefully. The paper… 

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