Monday 5
Problem-oriented approaches to the study of social-ecological systems
Graham Epstein
› 11:05 - 18:00 (6h55)
› Domaine de Restinclières
Managing forest commons: government and community provision of public goods
Sergio Villamayor-Tomas  1@  , Graham Epstein  2@  
1 : Humboldt University  -  Website
2 : Workshop in Political Theory & Policy Analysis, Indiana University

[This paper is intended to be included in the panel "Problem-oriented approaches to the study of social-ecological systems"]

The literature on forest commons is increasingly devoted to the study of successful environmental governance and the role that institutional arrangements for public good provision play in the realization of that success. Whereas success (broadly defined) is crucially important; an emphasis on identifying institutions associated with successful governance risks neglecting questions pertaining to the emergence and change of those institutional arrangements. This paper examines government and community provision of public goods in forest commons to identify patterns in the socio-ecological factors, quantity and diversity of activities undertaken by each group. Additionally, it asks whether provision activities of community groups relative to state actors has changed over the past 15 years; and what, if any, impact this has had on important forest outcomes.

The paper draws upon data collected as part of the International Forest Resources and Institutions (IFRI) program that asks a wide range of questions concerning forests, the people that use and manage them, and the rules that govern interactions with the forest and each other. The database contains information on over 400 forests in four continents between 1993 and 2008. This analysis focuses upon 18 separate activities undertaken by local forest associations and external groups that records whether a group has coordinated operational activities such as monitoring and maintenance and/or created rules that pertain to those activities. 


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