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Institutional bricolage in community forestry: An agenda for future research

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Publication date1/02/2012
Host publicationForest-people Interfaces: Understanding Community Forestry and Biocultural Diversity
PublisherWageningen Academic Publishers
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9789086867493
ISBN (Print)9086861938, 9789086861934
<mark>Original language</mark>English


This chapter outlines the concept of institutional bricolage as a tool for understanding how community forest arrangements actually work. We characterise two contrasting schools of institutional thinking and show how bricolage belongs to a 'critical institutionalist' rather than a 'mainstream institutionalist' perspective. The key elements of bricolage are outlined to elaborate the concept. These are further explored through an examination of the different practices adopted by local actors in shaping institutional arrangements. Illustrations are drawn from studies of community forestry in Bolivia and Ecuador and areas for further work are identified.