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Conflict, Cooperation, and Institutional Change on the Commons

Conflict, Cooperation, and Institutional Change on the Commons

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.
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Authors: Coleman, E.A.; Mwangi, E.

Topic: conflict,cooperation,change

Geographic: Kenya

Publication Year: 2015

ISSN: 1540-5907

Source: American Journal of Political Science

DOI: 10.1111/ajps.12137

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