Why do some people get together to manage their common assets? Why
do other groups of people leave those assets to be over-exploited
by each member of the group? The answers could be crucial to the
proper maintenance and use of 'common property resources', from
grazing land through fish stocks to irrigation water. Robert Wade,
drawing on research in areas of Andhra Pradesh where rain is scarce
and unreliable, argues that some villagers develop and finance
joint institutions for cooperative management of common property
resources in grazing and irrigation - but others do not. The main
reason lies in the risk of crop loss.Villages located towards the
tail-end of irrigation systems, and with soils fertile enough to
support a high density of livestock, show a larger amount of
corporate organization than villages elsewhere. Placing his work in
the wider context of both the developing world today and the
open-field system of medieval Europe, the author argues that
peasants can under certain conditions organize collectively.
Privatization or state regulation are not the only ways of
preventing degradation of common property resources in peasant
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