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Understanding the role of trust in cooperation with natural resources institutions

Joseph Allan Hamm, University of Nebraska - Lincoln


This dissertation investigates the role of trust in predicting cooperation with a natural resources management institution. It begins with an exploration of the legal landscape against which the relationship between land owners and natural resources management institutions is contextualized, presents a review of the often ostensibly disparate trust literature and a framework for its integration, and proposes and tests a model of trust and cooperation in the natural resources context. The results provide mixed support for the model as proposed but confirm the importance of trust in this context and suggest implications for policy, especially the potential importance of increasing institution- specific trust via efforts that focus, in particular, upon increasing the trustor's willingness to accept vulnerability.

Subject Area

Social psychology|Natural Resource Management

Recommended Citation

Hamm, Joseph Allan, "Understanding the role of trust in cooperation with natural resources institutions" (2014). ETD collection for University of Nebraska - Lincoln. AAI3618593.