The contested role of heterogeneity in collective action: Some evidence from community forestry in Nepal (2001)

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The role of heterogeneity in affecting the likelihood of collective action is strongly debated in the theoretical literature. We present evidence from a study of 18 forest user groups in Nepal. Heterogeneity is not a strong predictor of the level of collective activity. Rather, heterogeneity is a challenge that can be overcome by good institutional design when the interests of those controlling collective-choice mechanisms are benefited by investing time and effort to craft better rules.
Year: 2001
Language: English
In: World Development, 29: 747-765 p.

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Note: Elinor Ostrom (born August 7, 1933) is an American political scientist. She was awarded the 2009 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, which she shared with Oliver E. Williamson, for "her analysis of economic governance, especially the commons." She is the first woman to win the prize in this category. Her work is associated with the new institutionalism and the resurgence of political economy.


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