Community Action and Pest Control

Several authors have recognised pests as a negative common property resource. As a common property issue, there are often benefits to be gained in regional coordination of pest control activities. Entomologists have also recognised the potential benefits from regional coordination programs and have encouraged areawide Integrated Pest Management (IPM) strategies. However, despite the acknowledgment of differences between individual and regional economic thresholds, studies have not been conducted into the conditions that ensure or prevent collective action in pest control. This is surprising given the vast amount of literature on collective action theory and practice that has accumulated since the work of Mancur Olson. This paper discusses pest control and eradication issues that are likely to generate differences between individual and regional economic thresholds. Insituations where community action is likely to bring positive benefits, the paper examines the likely success of community coordination and possible hindrances. Australian collective action pest situation examples are provided.

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