Measuring the potential for self-governance: an approach for the community-based management of the common-pool resources

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Abstract

Self-governance can be a suitable instrument for the communitybased management of a common pool resource (CPR). Under self-governnce, individuals may organize themselves for the use of a CPR, a lake in our case study, to deal with problems of overexploitation and low profits that arise due to open access. Unlike most of previous research, which are ex-post in nature, this research explores the feasibility and desirability of carrying out an exante assessment of the potential for self-governance to manage a CPR. Taking a set of theoretical conditions, this research proposes a way to assess the CPR users’ perception on the adoption of self-governance. It represents a step toward understanding a priori whether self-governance would be feasible or not.

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Colin-Castillo, S., & Woodward, R. T. (2015). Measuring the potential for self-governance: an approach for the community-based management of the common-pool resources. International Journal of the Commons, 9(1), 281–305. https://doi.org/10.18352/ijc.490

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