Conflict resolution and collective action
- Variable relationship:
Ostrom (1990) suggests that access to venues for formal or informal conflict resolution (Conflict Resolution) is important in helping groups to reach, implement, and enforce agreements (Collective Action), and contributing to successful management of resources (Commons Condition Trend).
For example, Ostrom (1990) discusses how disputes over groundwater in California were ultimately settled by voluntary agreements among parties after court proceedings were initiated.
- Scientific Field
- Component Type(s)
|Proximate independent variable
|The existence of conflict resolution mechanisms can encourage groups to seek mutually beneficial agreements rather than risk imposed settlements, but in the absence of agreement can impose settlements upon the participants.
|Moderating independent variable
|Conflict resolution is most effective if it can be done without incurring excessive transaction costs.
|Levels of collective action will tend to be higher when conflict resolution mechanisms exist.
|Commons condition trend
|As a result of collective action resource conditions improve or are sustained
|Remained the same or Improved
|CBNRM design principles
|Transaction costs and collective action
Ostrom, Elinor. 1990. Governing the Commons. New York: Cambridge University Press.