Towards a Theory of Sustained Cooperation

36 Pages Posted: 11 Apr 2015

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Atul Pokharel

Brown University - Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs; New York University (NYU) - Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service

Date Written: March 31, 2015

Abstract

The literature on "governing the commons" has profoundly influenced our understanding of collective action. However, longitudinal studies of comparable detail across time have been elusive despite the breadth of evidence documenting local institutions. Using a longitudinal dataset created by replicating a canonical study of irrigation canal governance institutions, I find that sustained cooperation over decades in the face of challenging circumstances appears to be a consequence of how fair users perceive their institutions to be.

Keywords: irrigation, sustained cooperation

Suggested Citation

Pokharel, Atul, Towards a Theory of Sustained Cooperation (March 31, 2015). Watson Institute for International Studies Research Paper No. 2015-25. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2592999 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2592999

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