Rational choice scholarship posits two principal theories to explain why political institutions emerge and change: cooperation theory and conflict theory. We evaluate cooperation theory and conflict theory to explain the emergence of common property institutions among a group of Maasai pastoralists in southwestern Kenya. Our empirical results show that the change to common property is best explained by conflict theory.
Replication data is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.7910/DVN/25531
Publication Year: 2015
Source: American Journal of Political Science