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Article: Foundations of a robust social-ecological system: irrigation institutions in Taiwan

TitleFoundations of a robust social-ecological system: irrigation institutions in Taiwan
Authors
KeywordsBusiness and economics
Issue Date2006
PublisherCambridge University Press. The Journal's web site is located at http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayJournal?jid=JOI
Citation
Journal of Institutional Economics, 2006, v. 2 n. 2, p. 203-226 How to Cite?
AbstractThe decline of agriculture in Taiwan has adversely affected the incentives of farmers and the government to engage in irrigation management. Despite that, Taiwan's irrigation systems have shown a high degree of robustness. This study seeks to understand how institutions have contributed to the robustness of Taiwanese irrigation. Conceptualizing an irrigation system as a social-ecological system (SES), this study examines the development and design of Taiwanese irrigation institutions, and how these institutions have enabled farmers and irrigation managers to cope with the dynamics in the SES, and hence contributed to the system's robustness. The study has found that the robust systems are built upon institutions that allow effective coordination of the activities of a multitude of farmers, enhance the development and sustenance of a repertoire of ideas, and nest the problem-solving efforts of various scopes and scales in a complementary manner. The institutions enable individuals and organizations at different levels to engage in continuous learning and adaptation that, in turn, facilitates the systems' adaptation to the changing environment.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/45294
ISSN
2015 Impact Factor: 0.939
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.377

 

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dc.contributor.authorLam, WFen_HK
dc.date.accessioned2007-10-30T06:22:03Z-
dc.date.available2007-10-30T06:22:03Z-
dc.date.issued2006en_HK
dc.identifier.citationJournal of Institutional Economics, 2006, v. 2 n. 2, p. 203-226en_HK
dc.identifier.issn1744-1374en_HK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/45294-
dc.description.abstractThe decline of agriculture in Taiwan has adversely affected the incentives of farmers and the government to engage in irrigation management. Despite that, Taiwan's irrigation systems have shown a high degree of robustness. This study seeks to understand how institutions have contributed to the robustness of Taiwanese irrigation. Conceptualizing an irrigation system as a social-ecological system (SES), this study examines the development and design of Taiwanese irrigation institutions, and how these institutions have enabled farmers and irrigation managers to cope with the dynamics in the SES, and hence contributed to the system's robustness. The study has found that the robust systems are built upon institutions that allow effective coordination of the activities of a multitude of farmers, enhance the development and sustenance of a repertoire of ideas, and nest the problem-solving efforts of various scopes and scales in a complementary manner. The institutions enable individuals and organizations at different levels to engage in continuous learning and adaptation that, in turn, facilitates the systems' adaptation to the changing environment.en_HK
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dc.publisherCambridge University Press. The Journal's web site is located at http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayJournal?jid=JOIen_HK
dc.rightsJournal of Institutional Economics. Copyright © Cambridge University Press.en_HK
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.subjectBusiness and economicsen_HK
dc.titleFoundations of a robust social-ecological system: irrigation institutions in Taiwanen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
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