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Tax Payments, Democracy And Rent-Seeking Administrators: Common-Pool Resource Management, Power Relations And Conflicts Among The Kotoko, Musgum, Fulbe And Arab Choa In The Waza-Logone Floodplain (Cameroon)

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Natural resources in the Lake Chad basin floodplains are increasingly under pressure. This is obviously due to demographic growth and the high rate of immigration, draining thousands of people into these rich pockets of resources in a semi-arid context. This paper aims to analyse the transformations of institutions for pastoral resources management in the Waza-Logone floodplain in the North of Cameroon and will show how these changes have affected the use of common-pool resources among local Kotoko fishing groups, different pastoral ethnic groups and Musgum agro-pastoralists. The study indicates that since 1950 and, more precisely after independence in 1960, new formal laws imposed by the independent state have gradually replaced local institutions. The paper analyses mainly pastoral resources, but also other common-pool resources (fisheries, water) which are important for understanding the set of interactions between groups of users.

Keywords: Cameroon; Kotoko; Musgum; pastoral resources; Waza-Logone floodplain



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