Constitutionality: Conditions for Crafting Local Ownership of Institution-Building Processes

T. Haller, Greg Acciaioli, S. Rist

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© 2016, Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. This article presents constitutionality as a new approach for analyzing bottom-up institution-building processes emphasizing local perceptions and local agency in common pool resource management. Using four case studies—fisheries in Zambia; pasture and forestry in Mali; fisheries in Indonesia; forestry in Bolivia—this approach analyzes examples of local institution building differing from top-down imposed participation. Our analysis highlights six components of constitutionality: emic perceptions of the need for new institutions, participatory processes of negotiation, preexisting institutions as a basis for institution building, outside catalyzing agents, recognition of local knowledge, and higher level acknowledgment of the new institutions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)68-87
JournalSociety and Natural Resources
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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