Xavier Basurto

Duke University
Nicholas School of the Environment

135 Duke Marine Lab Road
Beaufort, NC
USA
28516
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My research agenda advances common-pool resources theory using the Institutional Analysis and Development Framework (IAD). I am currently exploring issues related to polycentrism, linking institutions across scales, and assessing the performance of marine and protected area policies, particularly in developing country contexts. I use a variety of methodological tools in my research, ranging from qualitative to quantitative techniques, including qualitative comparative analysis (QCA) approach.

Citation:
Basurto, Xavier and Mateja Nenadovic. (2012). "A Systematic Approach to Study Fisheries Governance." Global Policy Journal, 3(2): 222-230.
URL: http://fds.duke.edu/db/Nicholas/msc/faculty/xb8/recentpublications.html
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Basurto, X., Cinti, A., Bourillon, L., Rojo, M., Torre, J., Weaver, H. (2012). "The Emergence of Access Controls in Small-Scale Fisheries: A Comparative Analysis of Individual Licenses and Common Property-Rights in Two Mexican Communities." Human Ecology, 40(2): 597-609.
URL: http://fds.duke.edu/db/Nicholas/msc/faculty/xb8/recentpublications.html
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Ostrom, Elinor, and Basurto, Xavier. (2011). "Crafting Analytical Tools to Study Institutional Change." Institutional Economics, 7(3): 317-343.
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Basurto, Xavier, Gordon Kingsely, Kelly McQueen, Mshdoni Smith, and Christopher M. Weible. (2010). "A Systematic Approach to Institutional Analysis: Applying Crawford and Ostrom's Grammar." Political Research Quarterly, 63: 523-537.
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Leslie, H., Basurto, X., Nenadovic, M*., Sievanen, L., Cavanaugh, K.C., Cota-Nieto, J.J., Erisman, B.E., Finkbeiner, E., Hinojosa-Arango, G., Moreno-Báez, M., Nagavarapu, S., Reddy, S.M.W., Sánchez-Rodríguez, A., Siegel, K., Ulibarria-Valenzuela, J.J., Weaver, A.H., Aburto-Oropeza, O. (2015). "Operationalizing the Social-ecological Systems Framework to Assess Sustainability." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). 112(19): 5979-5984.
Abstract: Environmental governance is more effective when the scales of ecological processes are well matched with the human institutions charged with managing human–environment interactions. The social-ecological systems (SESs) framework provides guidance on how to assess the social and ecological dimensions that contribute to sustainable resource use and management, but rarely if ever has been operationalized for multiple localities in a spatially explicit, quantitative manner. Here, we use the case of small-scale fisheries in Baja California Sur, Mexico, to identify distinct SES regions and test key aspects of coupled SESs theory. Regions that exhibit greater potential for social-ecological sustainability in one dimension do not necessarily exhibit it in others, highlighting the importance of integrative, coupled system analyses when implementing spatial planning and other ecosystem-based strategies.
DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1414640112
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David Carter, Saba Siddiki, Chris Weible and Basurto X. (2015). "Integrating Core Concepts from the Institutional Analysis and Development Framework for the Systematic Analysis of Policy Designs: An Illustration from the US National Organic Program Regulation." Journal of Theoretical Politics. 1-27.
Abstract: Public policies are structured by policy designs that communicate the key elements, linkages, and underlying logic through which policy objectives are to be realized. This paper operationalizes and integrates core concepts from the institutional analysis and development framework, including the institutional grammar, the rule typology, action situations, and levels of decision making, to provide a systematic approach for analyzing policy designs. The approach is illustrated through an application to the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Organic Program regulation, which outlines an unusual semi-voluntary regulatory program that relies on independent third-party organizations for Program administration. The conclusion identifies opportunities and a research agenda for the institutional analysis of policy designs.
DOI: 10.1177/0951629815603494
Citation:
Basurto, Xavier, Stefan Gelcich, and Elinor Ostrom. (2013). "The Social-Ecological System Framework as a Knowledge Classificatory System for Benthic Small-Scale Fisheries." Global Environmental Change. 23(6): 1366-1380.
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Elena Finkbeiner and Basurto, X. (2015). "Re-Defining Co-Management to Facilitate Small-Scale Fisheries Reform: An Illustration from Northwestern Mexico." Marine Policy. 51: 433-441.
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Basurto, Xavier, Bennett Abby, Weaver, Hudson, Rodriguez-Van Dyck, Salvador, Aceves-Bueno, Juan Salvador. (2013). "Cooperative and Non-Cooperative Strategies for Small-Scale Fisheries Self-Governance in the Globalization Era: Implications for Conservation." Ecology and Society. 18(4): 38.
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Basurto, X. (2013). "Bureaucratic Barriers Limit Local Participatory Governance of Protected Areas in Costa Rica." Conservation and Society. 11(1): 16-28.
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Basurto, X. (2013). "Linking Multi-Level Governance to Local Common-Pool Resource Theory Using Fuzzy Set Qualitative Comparative Analysis: Insights from Twenty Years of Biodiversity Conservation in Costa Rica." Global Environmental Change. 23(3): 573-587.
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Basurto, Xavier, and Eric Coleman. (2010). "Institutional and Ecological Interplay for Successful Self-Governance of Community-Based Fisheries." Ecological Economics 69(5): 1094-1103.
Citation:
Rebecca Gruby and Basurto, X. (2013). "Multi-level Governance for Large Commons: Politics and Policentricity in Palau’s Protected Area Network." Environmental Science and Policy.

Substantive Focus:
Environmental Policy PRIMARY
Governance SECONDARY

Theoretical Focus:
Policy Process Theory PRIMARY

Keywords

COMMON-POOL RESOURCES INSTITUTIONAL ANALYSIS ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY GOVERNANCE POLICY PROCESS PROTECTED AREAS FISHERIES MARINE AND COASTAL ENVIRONMENTS POLYCENTRICITY INSTITUTIONAL ANALYSIS DEVELOPMENT FRAMEWORK MARINE COASTAL ENVIRONMENTS