Protecting the Commons: A Framework For Resource Management In The Americas
Joanna Burger, Elinor Ostrom, Richard Norgaard, David Policansky, Bernard D. Goldstein
Island Press, 2001 - 360 pages
Commons—lands, waters, and resources that are not legally owned and controlled by a single private entity, such as ocean and coastal areas, the atmosphere, public lands, freshwater aquifers, and migratory species—are an increasingly contentious issue in resource management and international affairs.
Protecting the Commons provides an important analytical framework for understanding commons issues and for designing policies to deal with them. The product of a symposium convened by the Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment (SCOPE) to mark the 30th anniversary of Garrett Hardin's seminal essay “The Tragedy of the Commons” the book brings together leading scholars and researchers on commons issues to offer both conceptual background and analysis of the evolving scientific understanding on commons resources. The book:
Contributors include Alpina Begossi, William Blomquist, Joanna Burger, Tim Clark, Clark Gibson, Michael Gelobter, Michael Gochfeld, Bonnie McCay, Pamela Matson, Richard Norgaard, Elinor Ostrom, David Policansky, Jeffrey Richey, Jose Sarukhan, and Edella Schlager.
Protecting the Commons represents a landmark study of commons issues that offers analysis and background from economic, legal, social, political, geological, and biological perspectives. It will be essential reading for anyone concerned with commons and commons resources, including students and scholars of environmental policy and economics, public health, international affairs, and related fields.
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The discussions and interest generated by the symposium encouraged us to create this volume , using the speakers as the core . We have added a number of other authors to round out the Americas perspective . Common - pool resources are ...
Indeed , in the absence of appropriate institutions , it is in the individual's best interest to take as much as possible as soon as possible , damaging the resource further in his or her greed and haste . The resulting tension between ...
The individual herder gains the entire advantage of that animal's grazing while bearing only a small part of the cost of the depletion of the grazing lands . It is always in the individual herder's interest to add one more animal ...
The prototype commons involves people , or commoners , with common interests in meeting similar basic needs for food and fiber , common abilities to exploit the resource , and common levels of power or access to the shared resource .
These lines of research cast serious doubt on the presumption that individuals act only in their narrow , material self - interest . New research on civil society and the interdependencies between nongovernmental and governmental ...
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