The emergence and evolution of collective action: Lessons from watershed management in Haiti

The emergence and evolution of collective action: Lessons from watershed management in Haiti The practice and theory of collective action is constrained by a dearth of rigorous empirical tests of why and how such institutions emerge and evolve, and under what conditions they can be successful. Empirical analyses of cooperative watershed management in Haiti reveal that, given a conducive environment and political leadership, groups will emerge and survive where a “critical mass” of individuals have practical knowledge of the potential gains from action. Emergence can be constrained in the short run by: 1. (a)landscape factors that affect the potential net economic gain, and 2. (b)sociocultural factors that affect the cost of constructing the new institution. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png World Development Elsevier

The emergence and evolution of collective action: Lessons from watershed management in Haiti

World Development, Volume 23 (10) – Oct 1, 1995

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Elsevier
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Copyright © 1995 Elsevier Ltd
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0305-750X
eISSN
1873-5991
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10.1016/0305-750X(95)00076-O
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Abstract

The practice and theory of collective action is constrained by a dearth of rigorous empirical tests of why and how such institutions emerge and evolve, and under what conditions they can be successful. Empirical analyses of cooperative watershed management in Haiti reveal that, given a conducive environment and political leadership, groups will emerge and survive where a “critical mass” of individuals have practical knowledge of the potential gains from action. Emergence can be constrained in the short run by: 1. (a)landscape factors that affect the potential net economic gain, and 2. (b)sociocultural factors that affect the cost of constructing the new institution.

Journal

World DevelopmentElsevier

Published: Oct 1, 1995

References

  • Anomalies: Cooperation
    Dawes, R.; Thaler, R.
  • Spontaneous order
    Sugden, R.
  • Collective action for watershed management: Lessons from Haiti
    White, T.A.

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