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Transformation of Resource Management Institutions under Globalization: The Case of Songgye Community Forests in South Korea

CBIE_WP-2013-004

Abstract

The context in which many self-governing commons systems operate will likely be signicantly altered as globalization processes play out over the next few decades. Such dramatic changes will induce some systems to fail and subsequently transform rather than merely adapt. Despite this foreseeable trend, the research on globalization-induced transformations of social-ecological systems (SESs) is still underexplored. This study seeks to help fill this gap by exploring patterns of transformation in SESs and the question of what factors help explain the persistence of cooperation in the use of common-pool resources through transformative change. Analyzing 89 forest commons in South Korea that experienced such transformations, we find the following: 1) two broader types of transformation are observed, cooperative and non-cooperative; 2) two properties of social connectedness within forest organization, the number of user groups (villages) and the ratio of cross-institutional links, are associated with the extent to which user groups maintain cooperation through transformation; 3) the ratio of cross institutional links is positively associated with cooperative transformations while the number of user groups is negatively associated with the same outcome; and 4) biophysical conditions of the location of user groups may have affected the type of social connectedness that developed in the region.

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Published April 3, 2013

David J. Yu, Purdue University

John M. Anderies, Arizona State University, School of Sustainability/School of Human Evolution and Social Change

Dowon Lee, Seoul National University

Irene Perez Ibarra, Arizona State University, Center for Behavior, Institutions and the Environment