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Pastoralism and Common Pool Resources
Rangeland co-management, property rights and access in Mongolia

ISBN 9781138588950
Published April 10, 2018 by Routledge
272 Pages 64 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The grazing of animals on common land and associated property rights were the original basis of the concept of "the tragedy of the commons". Drawing on the classic work of Elinor Ostrom and the readings of political ecology, this book questions the application of exclusive property rights to mobile pastoralism and rangeland resource governance. It argues that this approach inadequately represents property relations in the context of Mongolian pastoralism. 

The author presents an in-depth exploration and analysis of mobile pastoral production and resource management in Mongolia. The country is widely considered to be a prime example of successful and resilient common pool resource management, but now faces a dilemma as policy advocates attempt to adjust historical pastoralism to a modern property regime framework. 

The book strengthens understanding of the complex and multilateral considerations involved in natural resource governance and management in a mobile pastoralist context. It considers the implications for common pool resource management and pastoral societies in Africa, Russia and China and includes recommendations for formulating national policy.

Table of Contents

1. Mobile Pastoralism, Access and Policy 

2. Understanding Common Pool Resource Management and Rangeland Management 

3. Mobile Pastoralism and the Pre-collective Period (13th -20th Century) 

4. Mobile Pastoralism and the Collectivization (1921-1991) 

5. Pastoral Production and Pastureland Management During Transition to a Market Economy 

6. Land Reform in Pastureland Management 

7. Community-based Natural Resource Management 

8. State Territorial Strategy for Natural Resource Governance and Pastoral Production 

9. Conclusion

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Sandagsuren Undargaa is a Development Researcher with fifteen years of experience in environmental management and development. She recently completed her PhD at the Australian National University, Canberra, Australia.


"Sandagsuren Undargaa has written an excellent book. Utilizing common pool resource theory and access theory, she has developed a conceptual framework for analyzing the institutional, legal, socio-economic and political processes shaping mobile pastoralism in Mongolia. A convincing work regarding the dynamics shaping property relations, land and resource access in Mongolia which is of wide relevance."John F. McCarthy, Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University.