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Title: Curse or blessing? Local elites in joint Forest Management in India's Shiwaliks
Authors: Balooni, Kulbhushan
Lund, Jens Friis
Kumar, Chetan
Inoue, Makoto
Keywords: Forest
governance
India
local elite
power
social capital
state
village institutions
Issue Date: Aug-2010
Publisher: Igitur, Utrecht Publishing &Archiving Services for IASC
Series/Report no.: 707—728
Abstract: This article suggests that local elites play an instrumental role — either with positive or negative consequences — in shaping struggles for power over processes and outcomes of participatory forest management interventions , when implemented in communities characterized by social hierarchies . We show how the contrasting outcomes of joint forest management in two case study villages cannot be attributed to institutional reform, but appear to be caused largely by differences in the role assumed by local elites . The evidenc e indicates that institutional reform itself does not guarantee changes in the actual management of natural resources. Rather, vested interests at the local level and among State actors may continue to shape events while working within or beyond the new institutional landscape . On the basis of the results of our case studies, the article poses the hypothesis that u network theory of social capital could be a useful way of analyzing such diverse outcomes of simi...
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2259/650
ISSN: 1875-0281
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