Working Together Collective Action, the Commons, and Multiple Methods in Practice

ISBN-10: 0691146047
ISBN-13: 9780691146041
Edition: 2010
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Book details

List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 5/2/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 376
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.562
Language: English

Amy R. Poteete is assistant professor of political science at Concordia University in Montreal. Marco A. Janssen is assistant professor in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University. Elinor Ostrom is the Arthur F. Bentley Professor of Political Science at Indiana University, Bloomington, and the cowinner of the 2009 Nobel Prize in Economics.

List of Illustrations
List of Tables
Acknowledgments
Prologue
Introduction
Overcoming Methodological Challenges
Social Science Debates over the Superiority of Particular Methods
Multiple Methods: Promises and Challenges
Practical Challenges and Methodological Trade-Offs
Technological Development and the Costs of Border Crossing
Availability and Accessibility of Data
Career Incentives as Methodological Constraints
Training
Career Incentives and Specialization
Our Substantive Focus
Interactions between Theory and Methods
Multiple Methods and Collaborative Research
Practical Constraints on Methodological Choices
Career Incentives and Methodological Practice
Outline of the Book
Field Methods
Small-N Case Studies: Putting the Commons under a Magnifying Glass
The Conventional Theory of the Commons
The Case Study Method
Cases, Case Studies, and Case Study Research
Analytical Strengths and Weaknesses
Practical Considerations
Synthesizing Challenges and Coordinating New Research Efforts
Contributions to the Study of the Commons
Property Rights and Tenure Security
Group Characteristics
Resource Characteristics
Case Studies as a Foundation
Broadly Comparative Field-Based Research
Methodological Practices over Fifteen Years of Research
Defining the Units of Analysis
Trading Geographic Scope for Numbers?
Theoretical Aspirations and Methodological Practices
Practical Challenges to Broadly Comparative Field-Based Research
Costs of Data Collection
Research Design and Sampling
The Implications of Data Scarcity and Costliness
Meta-Analysis: An Introduction
Weighing the Benefits and Costs of Meta-Analysis
Coding Strategies and Missing Data
Potential Sources of Sample Bias
The Choice of Methodological Strategy: Weighing Costs against Control
Meta-Analysis: Getting the Big Picture through Synthesis
Meta-Analysis: A Recapitulation
The Common-Pool Resource (CPR) Research Program
Defining Variables
Compensating for Gaps in Case Materials
Contributions
Overall Assessment
NIIS: A Hybrid Approach
Adaptation of the CPR Protocols
Measurement and Sampling
Contributions
Overall Assessment
Other Synthetic Studies
Additional Examples of Meta-Analysis
An Example of Narrative Synthesis
Progress and Continuing Challenges
Collaborative Field Studies
Collaboration in Field-Based Research, 1990–2004
Two Research Partnerships
Community-Based Management of Common-Pool Resources in Tanzania
Traditional Management of Artisanal Fisheries in Nigeria
Thoughts about Research Partnerships
CGIAR: A Global Research Alliance
IFRI: An International Research Network
Strategies for Data Collection
Strategies for Coordination
Contributions and Challenges
Comparing the Strategies and Drawing Implications
Models and Experiments in the Laboratory -and the Field
Experiments in the Laboratory and the Field
The Experimental Method
Laboratory Experiments of Relevance to the Study of the Commons
Public Goods Experiments
Common-Pool Resource Experiments
Insights from Public Goods and Common-Pool Resource Experiments in the Laboratory
Face-to-Face Communication in the Laboratory
Heterogeneity
Sanctioning Experiments
Field Experiments
Toward a New Generation of Experiments of Commons Dilemmas
New Developments in Laboratory Experiments
Toward a New Generation of Field Experiments
Conclusion
Agent-Based Models of Collective Action
A Brief Introduction to Agent-Based Modeling
Cellular Automata
Networks
Agents
Strengths and Weaknesses of Agent-Based Models
Repeated Prisoner's Dilemma
Cooperation among Egoists
Evolving Strategies in Prisoner's Dilemma Tournaments
Spatial Games 1814
Spatial Public Goods Games
Indirect Reciprocity
Evolution of Costly Punishment
Evolution of Social (Meta) Norms
Future Challenges
Conclusion
Building Empirically Grounded Agent-Based Models
Comparing Simulations with Data
Different Approaches to Combine Empirical Data and Agent-Based Models
Agent-Based Models of Laboratory and Field Experiments
Role Games and Companion Modeling
Models of Case Studies
Methodological Challenges
Conclusion
Synthesis
Pushing the Frontiers of the Theory of Collective Action and the Commons
Synopsis of Research Developments Reviewed in Parts II and III
Toward a More General-Behavioral Theory of Human Action
Assumptions of a Behavioral Theory
The Centrality of Trust
Unpacking the Concept of Context
The Microsituational Context
The Impact of Microsituational Variables on Cooperation
The Challenge of Linking Contextual Scales
The Broader Scale Affecting Collective Action
Ontological Frameworks
An Ontological Framework of Social-Ecological Systems
Predicting Self-Organization Drawing on the SES Framework
Diagnosing Institutional Change
Challenges for Future Research
Conclusion
A Theoretical Puzzle: Why Do Some Resource Users Self-Organize and Others Do Not?
Learning from Multiple Methods
Interlocking Developments in Methods and Theory
Methodological and Disciplinary Cross-Fertilization and Theoretical Innovation
Sequential Movement between Methods and Disciplines
Combining Multiple Methods and Disciplines in a Program of Research
Spaces for Cross-Fertilization
Practical Challenges
Trade-Offs in Training and Research
Professional Incentives
Collaborative Research as a Collective-Action Problem
Rewards to Individual and Collaborative Research
Fragmentation of Academia
Misunderstandings and Mistrust
Long-Term Funding
Responding to the Challenges
Looking Forward
Notes
References
Index

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