Institutions and Sustainability

Political Economy of Agriculture and the Environment - Essays in Honour of Konrad Hagedorn

  • Volker Beckmann
  • Martina Padmanabhan

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVIII
  2. Institutions and Sustainability: Introduction and Overview

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Martina Padmanabhan, Volker Beckmann
      Pages 1-24
  3. Political Economy of Economic Development and Agricultural Policy

  4. Institutions, Governance and Sustainability

  5. Property Rights, Collective Action and Natural Resources

  6. Challenges of Institutional Analysis for Sustainability

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 291-291
    2. Volker Beckmann, Martina Padmanabhan
      Pages 341-371
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 373-387

About this book


The institutional perspective on the management of natural resources in the light of the interdisciplinary debate on sustainability is the focus of the agricultural and resource economist Konrad Hagedorn. Institutions and Sustainability reflects the latest trends in combining institutions and sustainability, summarises new conceptual developments in environmental economics and outlines new approaches towards the analysis of governance of natural resources.

The political economy of economic development and agricultural policy highlights the role of political institutions and the difficulties of reform towards sustainability. International scholars provide approaches and frameworks for analysing modes of governance in natural resource management. Empirical studies look into the role of property rights and collective action for coping with environmental problems and outline theoretical and methodological challenges of the institutional analysis for sustainability.

Contributing to the interdisciplinary debate on how to reconcile natural resource use and human needs, Institutions and Sustainability draws on debates in political sciences, development studies, sociology and environmental and resource economics.


Agricultural Policy Economic Development Environmental economics Hobbes Thomas Hobbes agriculture development ecology institutional economics natural resource management political economy politics sustainability

Editors and affiliations

  • Volker Beckmann
    • 1
  • Martina Padmanabhan
    • 1
  1. 1.Humboldt Universität zu BerlinGermany

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