The Commons in the New Millennium: Challenges and Adaptation / Edition 1

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Globalization, population growth, and resource depletion are drawing increased attention to the importance of common resources such as forests, water resources, and fisheries. It is critical that these resources be governed in an equitable and sustainable way. The Commons in the New Millennium presents cutting-edge research in common property theory and provides an overview and progress report on common property research.The book analyzes new problems that owners, managers, policy makers, and analysts face in managing natural commons. It examines recent findings about the physical characteristics of the commons, their complexity and interconnectedness, and the role of social capital. It also provides empirical studies and suggestions for sustainable development. The topics discussed include the role of financial, political, and social capital in deforestation,community efforts to gain political influence in Indonesia, the Maine lobster industry, outcomes of the implementation of individual transferable quotas in New Zealand and Iceland fisheries, and design of multilateral emissions trading for regional air pollution and global warming.

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Editorial Reviews

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"As the editors point out, the commons are not a nearly extinct topic,but rather a vitally important one." Randall J. Hannum Natural Resources Forum

"It is hard to imagine a person who would not learn something from examining this book." Forest Reinhardt Environment

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262541428
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2003
  • Series: Politics, Science, and the Environment
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 393
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

Nives Dolšak is Assistant Professor in the Master of Arts program in Policy Studies at the University of Washington, Bothell.

Elinor Ostrom is Arthur F. Bentley Professor of Political Science, Codirector of the Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis at Indiana University, and Codirector of the Center for the Study of Institutions, Population, and Environmental Change (CIPEC) at Indiana University.Ostrom was awarded the 2009 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
Series Foreword
List of Contributors
I Introduction 1
1 The Challenges of the Commons 3
II Managing Species, Habitats, and Landscapes at Multiple Scales 35
2 Changes in the Territorial System of the Maine Lobster Industry 37
3 Transition in the American Fishing Commons: Management Problems and Institutional Design Challenges 61
4 The Relationship between Resource Definition and Scale: Considering the Forest 77
III Privatization 99
5 Privatizing the Commons ... Twelve Years Later: Fishers' Experiences with New Zealand's Market-Based Fisheries Management 101
6 Stakeholders, Courts, and Communities: Individual Transferable Quotas in Icelandic Fisheries, 1991-2001 129
7 Multilateral Emission Trading: Heterogeneity in Domestic and International Common-Pool Resource Management 169
IV Financial, Social, and Political Capital: Managing Common-Pool Resources and Shaping the Macropolitical and Macroeconomic Environment 219
8 Shaping Local Forest Tenure in National Politics 221
9 A Framework for Analyzing the Physical-, Social-, and Human-Capital Effects of Microcredit on Common-Pool Resources 265
10 Using Social Capital to Create Political Capital: How Do Local Communities Gain Political Influence? A Theoretical Approach and Empirical Evidence from Thailand 291
V Conclusions 335
11 Adaptation to Challenges
Index 361
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