Designing Institutions in a Post-socialist Transformation Process: Local Institutions in Regularising the Management of Pasture Resources in Kyrgyzstan

Date: 04 June 2013
Location: UCA Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic
Other languages: Русский язык |

Speaker: Ulan Kasymov
Date: 4 June 2013. 4.00pm
Venue: University of Central Asia, 138 Toktogul Street, Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic. Conference Room.

After the breakup of the Soviet Union, Kyrgyzstan faced a challenging transition from a state- managed to a market economy. Within the framework of agrarian reforms, agricultural land and livestock were redistributed, but state ownership was retained for forest, pasture and water resources. Rapid reforms created a temporary institutional vacuum, which stimulated the process of refilling by informal and newly created, decentralized, formal institutions. The gap between formal and actual rules is undermining pasture management reform and leading to overuse and degradation of pasture resources and an increase in conflict. This lecture will discuss findings of a research study to critically assess local institutions in pasture management within the process of transition, the adaptation of new legislation, and the interaction between rules in use and formal institutions. It will also address how the bargaining process and emerging institutions are shaped by changes in formal institutions, resource asymmetries and the properties of transactions.

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Ulan Kasymov is a PhD candidate in the Division of Resource Economics at Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany, where he is studying the institutional framework of pasture management in Kyrgyzstan. Ulan’s research interests include institutional economics, environmental governance and rural development.  

The presentation will be in Russian. English translation will be provided upon prior request.

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