Context and differentiation: Comparative analysis of two community-based fishers' organizations

Raul P. Lejano, Alma Ocampo-Salvador

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There has evolved, as of late, a strong interest in decentralized modes of governance over fisheries and other marine resources, particularly that of community-based resource management (CBRM). However, analysis of this institutional model is hindered by simplistic, typological depictions of CBRM. We use organizational theory to argue how, within the broad category of CBRM, there exists a rich variation of institutional forms. We illustrate the analysis by showing how two ostensibly similar fishers' organizations in Batangas, Philippines, differ in important ways and, furthermore, how these differences respond to particular challenges and opportunities found in their respective contexts. We also discuss implications of this research for program evaluation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)726-736
Number of pages11
JournalMarine Policy
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 2006


  • Community-based resource management
  • Decentralization
  • Fishers' organizations
  • Program evaluation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aquatic Science
  • General Environmental Science
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
  • Law


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