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The role of leadership in the collective enforcement of community property rights in Indonesia

Palmer, Charles ORCID: 0000-0002-1252-179X (2007) The role of leadership in the collective enforcement of community property rights in Indonesia. Society and Natural Resources, 20 (5). pp. 397-413. ISSN 0894-1920

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Identification Number: 10.1080/08941920701211710


Decentralization in Indonesia allowed forest-dependent communities to negotiate with logging firms for financial and in-kind benefits. Given weak property rights, communities self-enforced their property rights over forest areas vis-a-vis other communities and firms found in noncompliance with logging agreements. This article assesses the processes underlying collective action in the enforcement of community property rights in East Kalimantan. In the absence of credible alternatives, intercommunity collective action led to a centralized leadership, which provided a forum for the discussion and settlement of disputes. Limited evidence suggests that further intercommunity collective action was galvanized through effective leadership, thus ensuring cooperation among communities sharing forest areas. However, the household incentive to involve in intracommunity collective action may have been negatively affected by a leadership that discouraged participation in decision making and imposed its policies in a top-down manner. The results suggest that “leadership” can be both a cause and outcome of collective action.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2007 Taylor & Francis Inc.
Divisions: Geography & Environment
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD100 Land Use
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
D History General and Old World > DS Asia
Date Deposited: 12 May 2010 09:16
Last Modified: 04 Jan 2024 20:30

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