Possibilities and limitations to cooperation in small groups: The case of group-owned wells in Southern India

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Abstract

This study examines the incidence of collective action for a range of activities associated with the use and management of group-owned wells in India. We find that while activities such as everyday allocation of water and routine maintenance are managed well by almost all sample groups, group members prefer to undertake large-scale investments individually in spite of the advantages of pooling capital and sharing risks. The paper attempts to explain why this is so by looking at the transaction costs associated with these activities. By distinguishing between different activities, the study provides sharper insights into the workings of informal mechanisms of cooperation. (C) 2000 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1481-1497
Number of pages17
JournalWorld Development
Volume28
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2000
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Asia
  • Collective action
  • Common property
  • Groundwater irrigation
  • India
  • Transaction costs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Development
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Economics and Econometrics

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