Collective management of water resources in coastal Bangladesh: Formal and substantive approaches

Afroz, Sharmin, Cramb, Rob and Grunbuhel, Clemens (2016) Collective management of water resources in coastal Bangladesh: Formal and substantive approaches. Human Ecology, 44 1: 17-31. doi:10.1007/s10745-016-9809-x


Author Afroz, Sharmin
Cramb, Rob
Grunbuhel, Clemens
Title Collective management of water resources in coastal Bangladesh: Formal and substantive approaches
Journal name Human Ecology
ISSN 0300-7839
1572-9915
Publication date 2016-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s10745-016-9809-x
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 44
Issue 1
Start page 17
End page 31
Total pages 15
Place of publication New York, United States
Publisher Springer New York LLC
Language eng
Formatted abstract
We examine the processes of collective management of water resources for agriculture within the wider context of environmental change in a coastal region of Bangladesh. We argue that while the formal propositions of rational-actor theories (such as the Institutional Analysis and Design Framework) help to identify the potential constraints to collective action (e.g., the free rider problem), these propositions need to be seen in the substantive social context of any given case. Findings show that the pattern of collective water management is crucially dependent on the individual economic incentives for participation as well as the social structures and norms that influence the behaviour of different classes of actor, including those with conflicting economic incentives. By examining the substantive processes of negotiation and decision-making around specific problems of water management, we are able to identify the contingent set of factors that shape the responses of different actors, enabling or constraining desirable collective outcomes.
Keyword Bangladesh
Collective action
Community-based management
Institutions
Natural resources management
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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