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Governing the commons : the evolution of institutions for collective action

Author: Elinor Ostrom
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, [1990] ©1990
Series: Political economy of institutions and decisions.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Case studies
Fallstudiensammlung
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Elinor Ostrom
ISBN: 0521371015 9780521371018 0521405998 9780521405997
OCLC Number: 21409003
Awards: Nobel Prize, 2009.
Description: xviii, 280 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Series editors' preface --
Preface --
Reflections on the commons --
An institutional approach to the study of self-organization and self-governance in CPR situations --
Analyzing long-enduring, self-organized, and self-governed CPRs --
Analyzing institutional change --
Analyzing institutional failures and fragilities --
A framework for analysis of self-organizing and self-governing CPRs --
Notes --
References --
Index.
Series Title: Political economy of institutions and decisions.
Responsibility: Elinor Ostrom.
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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 first describes three models most frequently used as the foundation for recommending state or market solutions. She then outlines theoretical and empirical alternatives to these models in order to illustrate the diversity of possible solutions. In the following chapters she uses institutional analysis to examine 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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