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Rural Forest Management in Sierra Leone: The Role of Economic (In)Equality in Facilitating Collective Action

Rural Forest Management in Sierra Leone: The Role of Economic (In)Equality in Facilitating... While significant theoretical developments have been made in the research on common pool resources, heterogeneity remains a contested issue. Focusing on economic inequality, one particular aspect of heterogeneity, we examine its impact in facilitating cooperation in two rural forest communities in Sierra Leone. The findings reinforce prevalent ambiguities in the literature: in the context of economic inequality cooperation was thriving, while in the setting of uniform poverty cooperation was largely absent. Though further research is imperative, the key recommendation is that policies directed towards rural communities should take into account their ability to craft robust self-governing systems. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Development Studies Taylor & Francis

Rural Forest Management in Sierra Leone: The Role of Economic (In)Equality in Facilitating Collective Action

Journal of Development Studies , Volume 49 (11): 15 – Nov 1, 2013
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Taylor & Francis
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© 2013 Taylor & Francis
ISSN
1743-9140
eISSN
0022-0388
DOI
10.1080/00220388.2013.800860
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Abstract

While significant theoretical developments have been made in the research on common pool resources, heterogeneity remains a contested issue. Focusing on economic inequality, one particular aspect of heterogeneity, we examine its impact in facilitating cooperation in two rural forest communities in Sierra Leone. The findings reinforce prevalent ambiguities in the literature: in the context of economic inequality cooperation was thriving, while in the setting of uniform poverty cooperation was largely absent. Though further research is imperative, the key recommendation is that policies directed towards rural communities should take into account their ability to craft robust self-governing systems.

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Journal of Development StudiesTaylor & Francis

Published: Nov 1, 2013

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