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dc.contributor.authorWasilewski, Adamen_US
dc.contributor.authorSikor, Thomasen_US
dc.description.abstractThis paper seeks to contribute to the development of institutional options for the managementof public goods in Central and Eastern Europe. It assesses the potential of differentgovernance structures, including administrative hierarchies, market approaches,and efforts at local non-market co-ordination. The paper examines the management ofpublic goods in Central and Eastern Europe through a study of open space managementand urban sprawl in a semi-urban county near Warsaw, Poland. The protection of openspace poses significant challenges to semi-urban land management, as its benefits cannotbe captured by individual entities and accrue as much to urban residents as to localpeople. The concrete institutional options investigated comprehend the use of land registersfor monitoring land conversion, establishment of land trusts in part financed by adevelopment gains tax, and technical and organisational support for local environmentalorganisations. The evaluation of options builds on an analysis of causes underlyingrapid land conversion in the past decade. The causal analysis demonstrates that privatisationand decentralisation have evoked the radical changes in land use. The demand forhousing land motivated farmers to sell semi-urban land, as the state could not enforce itslegal oversight over land use. Land conversion was driven by local alliances of farmerseager to "cash in" on their newly acquired rights of alienation, a broader rural societyprimarily interested in economic development, and local authorities lured by increasingtax revenues.en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries|aCEESA discussion paper / Humboldt-Universität Berlin, Department of Agricultural Economics and Social Sciences |x18en_US
dc.titleInstitutional options for the protection of open space : evidence from Polanden_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US

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