Governing the commons : the evolution of institutions for collective action / Elinor Ostrom.

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Edition
  • Canto Classics edition.
Published
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom : Cambridge University Press 2015
Physical description
1 online resource (xvi, 280 pages).
ISBN
  • 9781316423936 (electronic bk.)
  • 131642393X (electronic bk.)
  • 1107569788
  • 9781107569782
Notes
  • Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • Other format: Also available in printed form.
  • Reproduction available: Electronic reproduction. Cambridge Available via World Wide Web.
  • Made available through Ebook Central
  • Description based on print version record.
Contents
  • Chapter 1 Reflections on the Commons -- Chapter 2 An Institutional Approach to the Study of Self-Organization and Aelf-Governance in CPR Situations -- Chapter 3 Analyzing Long-Enduring, Self-Organized, and Self-Governed CPRs -- Chapter 4 Analyzing Institutional Change -- Chapter 5 Analyzing Institutional Failures and Fragilities -- Chapter 6 A Framework for Analysis of Self-Organizing and Self-Governing CPRs -- Notes -- References -- Index.
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Genre
  • Bibliography
  • Electronic books.
  • Illustrated
  • text
Language
  • English

Summary

  • The governance of natural resources used by many individuals in common is an issue of increasing concern to policy analysts. Both state control and privatization of resources have been advocated, but neither the state nor the market have been uniformly successful in solving common pool resource problems. After critiquing the foundations of policy analysis as applied to natural resources, Elinor Ostrom here provides a unique body of empirical data to explore conditions under which common pool resource problems have been satisfactorily or unsatisfactorily solved. Dr Ostrom uses institutional analysis to explore different ways - both successful and unsuccessful - of governing the commons. In contrast to the proposition of the 'tragedy of the commons' argument, common pool problems sometimes are solved by voluntary organizations rather than by a coercive state. Among the cases considered are communal tenure in meadows and forests, irrigation communities and other water rights, and fisheries.

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