Thesis - Open Access
Master of Science (MS)
Department / School
Sociology and Rural Studies
bureaucratization, common pool resource, commons, mission, organization, park
This thesis examines public parks as New Common Pool Resources through a case study of the Dakota Nature Park in Brookings, South Dakota. I identify the formalization and bureaucratization processes experienced by the governing body of the park. These processes occurred as a capped landfill was repurposed and collaboratively managed to serve the community by providing native, natural space and affordable recreational opportunities. The governing structure is assessed using Elinor Ostrom’s (1990) Eight Principles of Common Pool Resource Management, Weber’s (1964) ideas of status and authority and Berger and Luckman's (1966) phenomenological theory. I use three major research strategies: (1) interviews with a variety of stakeholders, (2) observation at the physical park space, and (3) a review of documents regarding the park space. This thesis expands on the existing literature regarding classification and management of the Commons while introducing a phenomenological approach to a traditionally realist rational choice theory. This thesis also increases understanding of the development of park governance over time, emphasizing the significance of stakeholders’ construction in and by their environments.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Urban parks -- South Dakota -- Brookings -- Management.
Urban parks -- South Dakota -- Brookings -- Management -- Citizen participation.
Public-private sector cooperation.
Includes bibliographical references
Number of Pages
South Dakota State University
Margeson, Keahna, "Understanding City Parks as New Common Pool Resources: A Case Study of the Dakota Nature Park" (2018). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 2954.