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Between Open Access, Privatisation And Collective Action: A Comparative Analysis Of Institutional Change Governing Use Of Common-Pool Resources In African Floodplains

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This chapter presents the results of the African Floodplain Wetlands Project (AFWeP). It shows that external factors lead to changes in the relative prices of goods and services, making floodplain common-pool resources more attractive and seriously affecting local-level bargaining power and institutional change. One finding is that the state, which is taking over the management of the common-pool resources, creates de facto open access. The chapter however recognizes from the comparison that our data has to be seen in a broader context of legal and institutional pluralism that fits nicely with Ensmingers model and in which ideology, discourses and narratives are important sources for legitimacy of selected institutions or an institutional pluralism. Therefore a matrix is created in which we can place all the cases studies with regard to resource sustainability and property rights/pluralism involved.

Keywords: African Floodplain Wetlands Project (AFWeP); common-pool resources; institutional change



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