Comments on "Comparative study of pastoral property regimes in Africa offers no support for economic defensibility model"

Addison, Jane (2019) Comments on "Comparative study of pastoral property regimes in Africa offers no support for economic defensibility model". Current Anthropology, 60 (5). pp. 623-624.

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[Excerpt] Using case studies from East and West Africa, Moritz et al.test the ability of resource defense theory to predict open and common property institutional systems. They skillfully combine a qualitatively coded data set of institutional contexts with quantitative biophysical data to test a series of theoretically grounded hypotheses. These include (i) Do resource variability and density predict whether an institutional system is likely to be open or common property? and (ii) Do encapsulation, the level of involvement of the state in everyday rangeland management, and circumscription, the degree to which rangeland management is restricted due to the presence of neighboring groups, do likewise? They conclude that while resource variability, density, and encapsulation in general do not predict institutional systems, circumscription strongly predicts whether an institutional context will be open or common property.

Item ID: 62100
Item Type: Article (Commentary)
ISSN: 1537-5382
Copyright Information: © 2019 by The Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research. All rights reserved.
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Commentary on: Moritz, M., Gardiner, E., Hubbe, M., and Johnson, A., "Comparative study of pastoral property regimes in Africa offers no support for economic defensibility model," Current Anthropology 60,(5), 609-636.

Date Deposited: 01 Apr 2020 23:58
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1601 Anthropology > 160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology @ 70%
05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050209 Natural Resource Management @ 30%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9599 Other Cultural Understanding > 959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified @ 50%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9607 Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards > 960704 Land Stewardship @ 50%
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