Past collaboration and social capital
- Variable relationship:
As pointed out by Adger (2003), past collaborative experiences (Past Collaboration) add confidence among participants about the benefits of cooperative management of shared resources, as well as trust in the behavior that others will also cooperate (Actor Group Trust). Such trust increases the likelihood that actors will be willing to participate in future collective ventures (i.e., to collectively respond to disturbances to management regimes).
This theory is rooted in the understanding that cooperation is a dynamic social process fundamentally affected by learning processes (Ostrom 1998). As pointed by Ostrom (1998), there is a fundamental relationship between reciprocity (a form of cooperation), trust, and reputation that facilitates cooperation and thus sustainable management (Commons Condition Trend) of common pool resource contexts.
- Scientific Field
- Component Type(s)
|Past collaboration||Underlying independent variable||Past collaboration is a form of social capital that contributes to current collaboration||High|
|Actor group trust||Proximate independent variable||Trust is a form of social capital that contributes to the emergence of new cooperative ventures and the strength of existing ones.||High|
|Collective action||Intermediate outcome||As a result of high levels of trust, users, who are understood to act as conditional cooperators, are more willing to contribute to public goods and cooperate towards the sustainable management and use of a commons.||High|
|Commons condition trend||Final outcome||High levels of collective-action help to sustain the commons that is being managed.||Remained the same or Improved|
|Conditions for general resilience||nested|
|Collective action and the commons||contains|
|Communication and collective action||related|
|Decentralization and local capacity||related|