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Transaction Costs of Institutional Change in Multiple-Use Commons: The Case of Consultations Between Forestry and Reindeer Husbandry in Northern Sweden
Skogsekonomi, SLU.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science. (Arcum)
2012 (English)In: Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, ISSN 1523-908X, E-ISSN 1522-7200, Vol. 14, no 4, 428-449 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Interdependence, that is, when the choice of one actor influences that of another, has relevance for the success of an institutional arrangement. Transaction cost theory can help to explain responses to governance solutions and problems associated with governance and policy of such arrangements. This paper focuses on the parallel use of the forest resources by the forestry industry and indigenous groups practising reindeer husbandry in Northern Sweden as an example of such interdependence. A theoretical model of governance of interdependence and the effect of transaction costs is developed in the paper to meet the needs of being able to evaluate the effect of interdependence in a multiple-use situation. The model is then tested on the empirical example of forestry and reindeer husbandry, using scenario and focus-group methods, to discuss the effect of transaction costs in the present hybrid institution system. This institution is intended to address the interdependence between the actors and manage conflicts, but currently fails to reduce conflict. Next, the model is used to evaluate possible changes; the results of the analysis show that modifying the institutional arrangement can bring about improvements that would have some redistributive effects in terms of transaction costs, lessening the impact of interdependence.

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2012. Vol. 14, no 4, 428-449 p.
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Forestry, governance, land-use conflict, new institutional analysis, policy analysis, Sami
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Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-61335DOI: 10.1080/1523908X.2012.739298OAI: diva2:566819
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Available from: 2012-11-09 Created: 2012-11-09 Last updated: 2016-05-26Bibliographically approved

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