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Transformation in common-pool resources management in Central Asia

Collection launched: 01 Sep 2020
This special collection is dedicated to how and why resource users and policy makers initiate and adapt to technological and institutional changes in post-socialist Central Asia (CA). The articles contribute to the literature on societal transformation and common-pool resource (CPR) governance in the post-socialist context. Since the break-up of the Soviet Union in 1991, the CPRs such as forest, irrigation water, mining and pasture have undergone substantial reforms in CA. This period of change triggered the emergence of an academic debate on how the post-Socialist transition, societal transformation, and technological and institutional change should be conceptualized. There has been a shift in understanding of the nature of the transition process: from top-down approaches to designing post-socialist transition to a critical analysis of bottom-up transformation and institutional change. The transformation context has been perceived as an experimental laboratory, where actors develop and try out new technologies and institutional arrangements. In many cases, path dependence and complementarities with informal institutions as well as existing technologies (real practices) have played key roles in this process. We address how those changes are related to sustainability of the key CPRs. Guest edited by: Konrad Hagendorn; Ulan Kasymov; Ahmad Hamidov