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Social-Ecological Systems Meta-Analysis Database: Studies

Barnes, C., & Laerhoven, F. V. 2013. Helping to Self-Help? External Interventions to Stimulate Local Collective Action in Joint Forest Management, Maharashtra, India: Apoyar la ayuda propia: Intervenciones externas para estimular la acción colectiva local en el manejo de bosques comunitarios en Maharashtra, India. International Forestry Review15(1), 1-17.

Abstract:The governance of community forests requires that resource appropriators overcome collective action dilemmas. Often, forest communities appear unable to do this. External actors then present themselves to help. Inducing the organization of communities through external actors is common practice in development efforts in general, and in community forestry programs, in particular. Does external-agent involvement affect the likelihood of durable collective action at the local level? We apply criteria associated with durable collective action to six communities in Maharashtra, India, with varying levels of external-actor involvement in the organization of Joint Forest Managementcommittees. Our results show that although there is a (weak) correlation between external-agent involvement and expected durability of local collectiveaction, such interventions do not appear to straightforwardly lead to the emergence of durable forms of collective action in communities where it didn’t previously exist.