Alpine Common Property Institutions under Change: Conditions for Successful and Unsuccessful Collective Action by Alpine Farmers in the Canton of Grisons, Switzerland

Landolt, Gabriela; Haller, Tobias (2015). Alpine Common Property Institutions under Change: Conditions for Successful and Unsuccessful Collective Action by Alpine Farmers in the Canton of Grisons, Switzerland. Human organization, 74(1), pp. 100-111. Society for Applied Anthropology

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The protection and sustainable management of alpine summer pastures has been stated as a goal in Swiss national law since 1996, and direct payments from the state for summer pasturing have been tied to sustainability criteria since 2000. This reflects the increasing value of the alpine cultural landscape as a public good. However, provision of this public good remains in the hands of local farmers and their local common pool resource (CPR) institutions for managing alpine pastures. These institutions are increasingly struggling to maintain their institutional arrangements, particularly regarding the work needed to maintain the pastures. This paper examines two cases of local CPR institutions for managing alpine pastures in the Swiss Canton of Grisons that manifest different institutional developments in light of changing conditions. The differences in how these institutions reacted to change and the impacts this has had on the provision of the CPR are explained by focusing on relative prices, bargaining power, and ideology as drivers of institutional change that are often neglected within common property research. Key words: summer pasture management, institutional change, bargaining power, ideology

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institute of Social Anthropology

UniBE Contributor:

Landolt, Gabriela and Haller, Tobias

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology

ISSN:

0018-7259

Publisher:

Society for Applied Anthropology

Language:

English

Submitter:

Johanna Weidtmann

Date Deposited:

06 Jul 2015 07:53

Last Modified:

06 Sep 2016 13:58

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.70099

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/70099

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