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dc.contributor.authorSikor, Thomasen_US
dc.description.abstractThe paper analyses the institutional dynamics surrounding common-pool resources inpostsocialist Central and Eastern Europe. It is conceived in close conjunction with thecase studies reported in the four preceding papers in this series. The purpose of this paperis to frame the individual case inquiries, compare the findings from the four plustwo additional case studies, and relate those to broader agrarian and environmentalchanges in Central and Eastern Europe.The comparative assessment suggests that resource governance has shifted from thepreviously dominant legal and administrative state hierarchies towards markets. In addition,state power has moved from central governments towards local authorities. Thewaning and decentralisation of state power has caused the emergence of significant gapsbetween property legislation and rights-in-practice, which have been particularly starkin weak states. The discrepancy between legal texts and rights-in-practice leads to theexclusion of public and collective interests in favour of private interests in CPR management.It finds its environmental expression in the declining use of water control systems,widespread destruction of water infrastructure, and unfettered conversion of agriculturalland for urban sprawl. Thus, the findings attest to the central role of distributiveissues in postsocialist privatisation and suggest an additional dimension of distributiveconflict: different rights and obligations associated with resources. They also suggestthe need for postsocialist governments to be actively involved in the management ofcommon-pool resources for the protection of public and collective interests.en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries|aCEESA discussion paper / Humboldt-Universität Berlin, Department of Agricultural Economics and Social Sciences |x10en_US
dc.subject.stwInstitutioneller Wandelen_US
dc.titleThe commons in transitionen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US

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