Human Ecology

, Volume 43, Issue 6, pp 785–798 | Cite as

Is Individualized Rangeland Lease Institutionally Incompatible with Mobile Pastoralism? -A Case Study from Post-Socialist Azerbaijan

  • Regina NeudertEmail author


In the context of post-socialist Central Asian and Caucasian countries I discuss whether individualized or common access regimes are appropriate for rangeland governance. Many authors oppose individualized leases and recommend restructuring rangeland access as collective regimes. In the research presented here I contribute to this debate by first, based on a literature review, identifying arguments in favor of and against individualized pasture access; second, describing a case study from Azerbaijan where individualized lease rights for pasture plots are implemented on a large scale; and finally, by critically revisiting the arguments in favor of and against individualization in light of the case study.


Rangelands Post-socialist transition Common pool resources Mobile pastoralism Azerbaijan Caucasia 



This study was conducted in the research project “Proper utilization of grasslands in Azerbajian” funded by the Volkswagen Foundation (2007-2010). Field work was supported generously by herders, administration officials and various other persons in Azerbaijan. I thank Volker Beckmann, Konrad Hagedorn, Ulrich Hampicke, Michael Rühs, Naiba Allahverdiyeva as well as the audience at presentations at the Chair of Landscape Economics, University of Greifswald for valuable comments on earlier versions of the manuscript.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Greifswald UniversityGreifswaldGermany
  2. 2.Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Process EngineeringBrandenburg Technical University Cottbus-SenftenbergCottbusGermany

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