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How institutions elude design: river basin management and sustainable livelihoods.

By Frances D. Cleaver and Tom R. Franks

Abstract

YesThis paper challenges ideas that it is possible to `get the institutions right¿ in the management of natural resources. It engages with the literature and policy specifying `design principles¿ for robust institutions and uses data from a river basin management project in Usangu, Tanzania, to illustrate the complexity of institutional evolution. The paper draws on emerging `post-institutionalist¿ perspectives to reject over-formalised managerial approaches in favour of those that accept the dynamic nature of institutional formation, and accommodate a variety of partial and contingent solutions. Data from Usangu suggests that external `crafting¿ is inevitably problematic because, to a certain extent, institutions elude design

Topics: River basin management, Institutional design principles, Tanzania, Dynamic institutional formation
Publisher: Bradford Centre for International Development
Year: 2005
OAI identifier: oai:bradscholars.brad.ac.uk:10454/2964
Provided by: Bradford Scholars

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