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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Communal property ( res communes ) : Resource held by community of users ; user community excludes outsiders ; users may self - regulate ; appropriate uses may still be defined by larger society or external power .
... from the cutting of firewood in rural areas of Central and South America to the regulation of major water systems ... of takings range over diverse scales , as do the social and governmental mechanisms that regulate human actions .
While international treaties can be used for some regulation of major flows between countries , such treaties are inadequate for dealing with many of the relevant problems of regulating smaller sub - basins that do not conform to any ...
“ Contracting Problems and Regulation : The Case of the Fishery . ” American Economic Review 72 ( 5 ) : 1,005–23 . Lam , W. F. 1994. " Institutions , Engineering Infrastructure , and Performance in the Governance and Management of ...
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