Natural Resource Contests and Precolonial Institutions in Papua New Guinea
Journal of Agrarian Change
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Larcom, S. (2016). Natural Resource Contests and Precolonial Institutions in Papua New Guinea. Journal of Agrarian Change, 17 (3), 612-629. https://doi.org/10.1111/joac.12169
This article investigates the role that precolonial institutions play in relation to post-colonial natural resource ownership contests. Papua New Guinea provides a unique case study as it is recorded as having the most decentralized precolonial political institutions of any post colonial state. After an examination of its precolonial institutions, colonial land policy, and three case studies, it is concluded that persistent highly decentralized customary political units coupled with customary notions inalienability of land, and overlaid with a state property rights regime, leads to resource contests. It is concluded that resource ownership contests can have serious adverse consequences for resource management and that they are not easily overcome.
natural resource contests, legal pluralism, precolonial institutions, resource conservation
External DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/joac.12169
This record's URL: https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/255138