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ERIC Number: EJ759274
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 21
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0276-8739
Institutional Boundaries and Common-Pool Resource Management: A Comparative Analysis of Water Management Programs in California
Heikkila, Tanya
Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, v23 n1 p97-117 Win 2004
Policymakers and academics often identify institutional boundaries as one of the factors that shape the capacity of jurisdictions to manage natural resources such as water, forests, and scenic lands. This article examines two key bodies of literature--common-pool resource management theory and local public economy theory--to explain how the boundaries of political jurisdictions affect natural resource management. Two empirical methods were used to test hypotheses from the literature, using a study of water management programs in California. The results demonstrate that institutional boundaries that coincide with natural resources are likely to be associated with the implementation of more effective resource management programs. At the same time, where jurisdictions can control through coordination, they can also facilitate more effective resource management where jurisdictions do not match resource boundaries.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California