Governing complexity : polycentricity and customary property rights in the commons
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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 ...