Commons boundaries and collective action
- Variable relationship:
Ostrom (1990) and others (Giordano 2003) suggest that when commons are contained within a clearly defined area (Commons Boundaries), this increases the likelihood that groups will self-organize (Collective Action) to successfully manage a resource (Commons Condition Trend).
The presence of boundaries can facilitate successful collective action for a number of reasons. First clear boundaries help users to collect better information about resource conditions, facilitate monitoring and exclusion, and internalize the costs and benefits of management.
- Scientific Field
- Component Type(s)
|Commons boundaries||Proximate independent variable||Clearly understood physical boundaries around the resource generate incentives to support collective action||Clear boundaries|
|Collective action||Intermediate outcome||Clear boundaries generate incentives to support high levels of collective action.||High|
|Commons condition trend||Final outcome||High levels of collective action increase the likelihood that groups successfully manage a resource.||Remined the same or Improved|
|CBNRM design principles||nested|
|Collective action and the commons||contains|