Governing complexity : polycentricity and customary property rights in the commons
Broadly, this dissertation research examines natural resources governance approaches that may facilitate the achievement of desirable social and ecological outcomes. It takes, as its point of departure, a nearly half-century-old concept that is experiencing a renaissance among natural resources governance scholars: polycentricity, a complex and multilevel form of governance comprised of a plurality of semi-autonomous decision makers. Despite its age and apparent popularity, the concept of polycentricity remains conceptually fuzzy and empirically underdeveloped in the commons. This dissertation ...
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