Contracting for control of landscape-level resources

Karen Bradshaw, Dean Lueck

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    Environmental governance increasingly focuses on public private partnerships. We focus on contracting as a subset of the role of private actors governing landscape-level resourcessuch as wildlife habitats, scenic vistas, and firescapesthat exceed individual parcel sizes and are thus difficult for individual landowners to control unilaterally. Numerous contractual arrangements have emerged to exert coordinated control over landscape-level resources. We hypothesize that variations in laws and transaction costs, which are controlled largely by the homogeneity of landowner preferences across fragmented parcels, drive private control of landscape-level resources. In the absence of effective private control, government agencies may assume control of the landscape-level resources. A series of case studies discusses how law shapes the conditions that favor private contracting regimes of landscape-level resources, which highlight broader themes of law as a catalyst for new governance.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)2507-2549
    Number of pages43
    JournalIowa Law Review
    Issue number6
    StatePublished - Aug 1 2015

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Law


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