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Sustainability 2017, 9(7), 1287; doi:10.3390/su9071287

An Analysis of the Global Applicability of Ostrom’s Design Principles to Diagnose the Functionality of Common-Pool Resource Institutions

Departamento de Quimica-Fisica, Facultad de Ciencias del Mar y Ambientales, Universidad de Cadiz, 11519 Puerto Real, Spain
Centro de Investigação Marihna e Ambiental, Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia, 8005-139 Faro, Portugal
Ethiopian Institute of Water Resources, Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa 19197, Ethiopia
Department of Environmental Impacts and Economics, Norwegian Institute for Air research, 2027 Kjeller, Norway
Sagremarisco Lda, Apartado 21, 8650-999 Vila do Bispo, Portugal
Departamento Economía, Sociología y Política Agraria, Universidad de Cordoba, E-14071 Córdoba, Spain
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Received: 24 May 2017 / Revised: 5 July 2017 / Accepted: 13 July 2017 / Published: 24 July 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Environmental Governance for Sustainability)
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There are a number of gaps in reviews relating Ostrom’s design principles (DPs) to common-pool resource (CPR) institutions. These include the geographical distribution of CPRs, the performance of young CPRs relative to the DPs, and the relationship between robustness and success in adherence to the DPs. to This research aims to: (i) explicitly analyze the geographical distribution of the case studies that have used the DPs, (ii) explore the relationship between the DPs and young CPR institutions, (iii) examine the relationship between robustness and success of CPR institutions based on the DPs, and (iv) identify additional factors contributing to the performance of CPR institutions. In relation to Ostrom’s DPs, the CPRs under review involve management only by the community, co-management between the community and the state, and co-management between the community and non-governmental organizations. The results show that: DPs have been applied in all the inhabited continents; the expression of the DPs is affected by the geographical settings; the DPs do not conclusively diagnose the functionality of young and viable CPR institutions, whereas they may do so for either the short-lived (failed) or the long-lasting institutions; the relationship between robustness and success appears weak; and there are additional factors that contribute to the outcomes of CPR management. View Full-Text
Keywords: common-pool resources; community-based natural resources management; design principles common-pool resources; community-based natural resources management; design principles

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Gari, S.R.; Newton, A.; Icely, J.D.; Delgado-Serrano, M.M. An Analysis of the Global Applicability of Ostrom’s Design Principles to Diagnose the Functionality of Common-Pool Resource Institutions. Sustainability 2017, 9, 1287.

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