Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.worlddev.2008.08.002
Title: What Explains Collective Action in the Commons? Theory and Evidence from the Philippines
Authors: Araral Jr., E. 
Keywords: Asia
collective action
commons
decentralization
free riding
irrigation
Philippines
Issue Date: Mar-2009
Citation: Araral Jr., E. (2009-03). What Explains Collective Action in the Commons? Theory and Evidence from the Philippines. World Development 37 (3) : 687-697. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.worlddev.2008.08.002
Abstract: I examine the factors that influence collective action in the commons using econometric analyses on a data set of 1958 irrigation associations in the Philippines. I find that collective action is associated with water scarcity, proximity to markets, group size, farm size, and governance structure. Water scarcity has a curvilinear effect on collective action and is mediated by the governance structure. The results suggest the need for a diagnostic approach in the analysis of institutional arrangements in diverse socio-ecological settings. These also suggest that collective action in the commons is more complex than is conventionally assumed in the decentralization literature. © 2008 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Source Title: World Development
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/130034
ISSN: 0305750X
DOI: 10.1016/j.worlddev.2008.08.002
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