State involvement and forest co-governance: Evidence from the Indian Himalayas

Agrawal, A and Chhatre, A (2007) State involvement and forest co-governance: Evidence from the Indian Himalayas. Studies in Comparative International Development, 42 (1). pp. 67-86.

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Abstract

This article contributes to the literature on collective action around environmental co-governance by statistically analyzing original data on the experiences of 95 communities in the Indian Himalayas. We compare the performance of co-governance versus indigenous governance institutions, taking into account the causal influence of five classes of independent variables. Our analysis suggests that close involvement of government officials is negatively associated with efforts to manage forests sustainably. We identify contextual conditions that help explain why involvement of state officials has adverse consequences on resource governance outcomes. Our findings are relevant for studies of decentralization policies related to natural resource management that governments are currently pursuing in more than 60 countries.

Affiliation: Indian School of Business
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Chhatre, Ahttp://orcid.org/0000-0002-5374-7867
Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The research paper was published by the author with the affiliation of Harvard University.
Uncontrolled Keywords: State, Forest co-governance, Indian Himalayas, Institutions
Subjects: Economics
Socio Political System
Depositing User: Ilayaraja M
Date Deposited: 16 May 2019 15:52
Last Modified: 16 May 2019 15:52
URI: http://eprints.exchange.isb.edu/id/eprint/987
Publisher URL: https://doi.org/10.1007/s12116-007-9004-6
Publisher OA policy: http://sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/issn/0039-3606/
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