Panel Conveners: Prakash Kashwan and Yonariza Guchiano
Call for contributions to a panel at the XVIth Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of the Commons, Utrecht, The Netherlands, July 20-14 2017.
This panel addresses the theory and practice of property rights in common pool resources by engaging with the typology of property rights developed by Edella Schlager and Elinor Ostrom in their 1992 Land Economics article. Recent developments in the field of natural resource management, creative commons, and emergent technologies have reinvigorated the debate about property rights regimes in commons (see, McKean 2000; von Benda-Beckmann et al. 2009; Stern 2011; Galik and Jagger 2015; Wyatt et al. 2015).
We invite contributions that engage with questions of property rights regimes in ways that are theoretically grounded and policy relevant. Some of relevant questions include – How do our understanding of social and political mechanisms of de facto access benefit from or inform new developments vis-vis the Schlager-Ostrom framework of property rights regimes (Ribot and Peluso 2003)? What types of political and administrative incentives influence the state’s recognition of a plurality of rights and their enforcement in practice and over time (Agrawal and Ostrom)? How might the hierarchical notions of property rights inform the debates about the pros and cons of land rights formalization programs in the developing countries (Meinzen-Dick and Mwangi 2008)? Who pays for the transaction costs entailed in enforcing a hierarchy of property rights, especially in the context of newly developed systems of payment for environmental services? What role do some of the fundamental institutional features of a society, e.g. rule of law, the nature of political contestation, and popular access to policy processes play in effective enforcement of locally appropriate and progressive property regimes?
We welcome contributions that address similar policy-relevant questions by further developing and unpacking the Schlager-Ostrom property rights typology without compromising its parsimony e.g. link
Panelists will have the benefit of receiving feedback from Edella Schlager who has kindly agreed to chair this panel at the 2017 IASC meeting. If interested, please email by October 10, 2016 an abstract of a length no longer than 500 words to Yonariza Guchiano firstname.lastname@example.org. The abstracts should clearly outline the theoretical and policy relevant contributions of the proposed paper.