Environmental Collective Action and the Border Crisis: The Emergence and Evolution of Collaborative Leadership

Posted: 22 Feb 2011

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Abigail M. York

University of Missouri at Kansas City - Department of Public Administration/Cookingham Institute

Michael Schoon

Arizona State University (ASU)

Abstract

In southeast Arizona, collaborative natural resource institutions emerged through the efforts of managers, primarily government land and water managers, ranchers, and environmentalists, attempting to overcome challenging environmental problems: loss of open space, biodiversity protection, fire management, and riparian restoration and water over-appropriation. Over the past decade the escalation of smuggling and migration traffic coupled with militarization and development of border security infrastructure affected natural resource managers’ day-to-day lives and their ability to create and maintain collaborative institutions. In this paper, we highlight the struggles of collaborative leaders attempting to deal with various dimensions of the border crisis. We focus on how the leaders define and redefine their activities and approach to collaboration, as well as how other collaborative members perceive their actions and intent. The willingness and ability of leaders to innovate and adapt, as well as leverage their leadership skills and organizational resources, help to explain the persistence and evolution of environmental collective action in this border region.

Suggested Citation

York, Abigail Mara and Schoon, Michael, Environmental Collective Action and the Border Crisis: The Emergence and Evolution of Collaborative Leadership. Western Political Science Association 2011 Annual Meeting Paper , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1766606

Abigail Mara York (Contact Author)

University of Missouri at Kansas City - Department of Public Administration/Cookingham Institute ( email )

Kansas City, MO 64110
United States

Michael Schoon

Arizona State University (ASU) ( email )

Farmer Building 440G PO Box 872011
Tempe, AZ 85287
United States

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