Promise, Trust and Evolution:Managing the Commons of South Asia: Managing the Commons of South Asia

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Rucha Ghate, Narpat Jodha, Pranab Mukhopadhyay
OUP Oxford, Jan 10, 2008 - Business & Economics - 416 pages
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From land management to water rights, this volume looks at the current status of Common Property Resources, or CPRs, in South Asia. Developed countries, have managed to establish well-defined property rights over numerous resources and in some instances extended non-exclusionary rights over privately owned resources over an extended period of time. In the developing world, however, the share of community property is extensive, either as a response to an expanding market or becausethe exposure to markets in still in its nascent stage. This coupled with the demands of globalization, has led to the co-existence of both community ownership of resources as well as an evolving private property rights market.This tension between public versus private ownership rights is particularly relevant in the developing countries of South Asia, not only because of its shared history but also because of its resources frequently cross national boundaries. This book tells the story of CPRs and the commons in a rapidly changing South Asia. Including contributions from those working with natural resources in Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka, the papers discuss issues such as equity in distribution;efficiency and productivity of resources; sustainability of resources; and institutional transition and governance.

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Narpat Jodha is Senior Research Associate at ICIMOD, Kathmandu. He has earlier worked in the international agricultural research centres such as ICRISAT, the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (Africa) and at the World Bank. He has been a consultant to various international agencies including the World Bank, FAO, UNEP etc., and worked on the Editorial Boards of nearly half a dozen national and international journals. He is also a Fellow of the World Academy of Arts and Science.
Rucha Ghate is Director (Projects) of SHODH, a research institute based in Nagpur, India. She is also Director of Collaborative Research Center (India), International Forestry Resources and Institutions, Indiana University, Bloomington. She was earlier a Reader in Economics at Nagpur University, India and a Visiting Fellow at Indiana University, Bloomington, and a Visiting Faculty at the Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok. Pranab Mukhopadhyay teaches Economics at Goa University, India. He graduated from Presidency College, Calcutta and completed his doctoral work at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He has been a visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, Warwick University, UK, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and the Centre for Urban Economic Studies, Calcutta University.

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