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Governing Access to Essential Resources$
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Katharina Pistor and Olivier De Schutter

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231172783

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231172783.001.0001

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Do Traditional Institutions Matter in Participatory Essential Resource Governance Systems in Zimbabwe?

Do Traditional Institutions Matter in Participatory Essential Resource Governance Systems in Zimbabwe?

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(p.316) Chapter 16 Do Traditional Institutions Matter in Participatory Essential Resource Governance Systems in Zimbabwe?
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Governing Access to Essential Resources
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Manase Kudzai Chiweshe

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Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231172783.003.0016

Chiweshe seeks to broaden the search for alternatives to individualized property rights for governing essential resources by harnessing social knowledge and practices from traditional societies. He argues that in Zimbabwe local chieftains hold the authority needed for effective governance, indeed that this authority could be used to raise awareness for Voice and Reflexivity. While he concedes that in the past chieftains have often discriminated against women and other minorities, this does not mean that these institutions could not be updated to an evolving normative framework. Most importantly, as community based institutions they could assert the needs of the community and play a critical role in the internal allocation of scarce resources.

Keywords:   Zimbabwe, traditional institutions, chieftains, authority, allocation practices

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