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RMM: Two papers on collective action

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  • Lahno Bernd
    RMM announces the publication of two new articles in Vol 3, 2012, 130-147 and 148-167: Adam Henry and Björn Vollan Risk, Networks, and Ecological Explanations
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      RMM announces the publication of two new articles in Vol 3, 2012, 130-147 and 148-167:

      Adam Henry and Björn Vollan

      Risk, Networks, and Ecological Explanations for the Emergence of Cooperation in Commons Governance


      The commons literature increasingly recognizes the importance of contextual factors in driving collaboration in governance systems. Of particular interest are the ways in which the attributes of a resource system influence the dynamics of cooperation. While this may occur through many pathways, we investigate the mechanisms by which ecological factors influence both the risk of cooperation as well as the density of networks in which strategic interactions take place. Both of these factors influence the co-evolutionary dynamics of network structure and cooperative behavior. These dynamics are investigated through agent-based simulations, which provide preliminary evidence that: 1) low-density networks support higher levels of cooperation, even in high-risk Prisoner’s Dilemma scenarios; and 2) in high-risk scenarios, networks that develop higher levels of clustering generally enjoy higher societal gains.


      Achim Schlüter and Róger Madrigal

      The SES Framework in a Marine Setting: Methodological Settings


      The paper discusses the application of Elinor Ostrom’s Social Ecological Systems (SES) framework, using as example a community organization in Costa Rica, which collectively extracts turtle eggs. The paper does so with the particular aim of examining the coevolving relationship between political science and economics. The SES framework is understood as a useful exploratory tool, which was introduced into a joint research agenda from a political science perspective. The breadth of its approach enables it to capture empirically observable diversity. In this sense it provided a perfect complement to the more partial view that economics brought into the coevolving research process.

      These papers are contributions to RMM's special topic 'Coevolving Relationships between Political Science and Economics' edited by Herbert David, Hartmut Kliemt and Elinor Ostrom.

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