The Drama of the Commons

Overview

The "tragedy of the commons" is a central concept in human ecology and the study of the environment. It has had tremendous value for stimulating research, but it only describes the reality of human-environment interactions in special situations. Research over the past thirty years has helped clarify how human motivations, rules governing access to resources, the structure of social organizations, and the resource systems themselves interact to determine whether or not the many dramas of the commons end happily. ...
See more details below
Paperback (New Edition)
$33.22
BN.com price
(Save 5%)$35.00 List Price
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (10) from $13.50   
  • New (5) from $29.37   
  • Used (5) from $13.50   
Sending request ...

Overview

The "tragedy of the commons" is a central concept in human ecology and the study of the environment. It has had tremendous value for stimulating research, but it only describes the reality of human-environment interactions in special situations. Research over the past thirty years has helped clarify how human motivations, rules governing access to resources, the structure of social organizations, and the resource systems themselves interact to determine whether or not the many dramas of the commons end happily. In this book, leaders in the field review the evidence from several disciplines and many lines of research and present a state-of-the-art assessment. They summarize lessons learned and identify the major challenges facing any system of governance for resource management. They also highlight the major challenges for the next decade: making knowledge development more systematic; understanding institutions dynamically; considering a broader range of resources (such as global and technological commons); and taking into account the effects of social and historical context. This book will be a valuable and accessible introduction to the field for students and a resource for advanced researchers.
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Booknews
The National Research Council reviews and updates the work of its Panel on the Study of Common Property Resource Management, completed 15 years ago, incorporating theoretical and empirical developments since then. The report begins by pointing out the flaws in the Tragedy of the Commons myth that ordinary people cannot take care of shared resources, so the rich must seize them. The study should interest people concerned with such commons as ecosystems, water supplies, and the atmosphere. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780309082501
  • Publisher: National Academies Press
  • Publication date: 2/15/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 534
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 The Drama of the Commons 3
Pt. I Resource Users, Resource Systems, and Behavior in the Drama of the Commons 37
2 Common Resources and Institutional Sustainability 41
3 Unequal Irrigators: Heterogeneity and Commons Management in Large-Scale Multivariate Research 87
4 Factors Influencing Cooperation in Commons Dilemmas: A Review of Experimental Psychological Research 113
5 Appropriating the Commons: A Theoretical Explanation 157
Pt. II Privatization and Its Limitations 193
6 The Tradable Permits Approach to Protecting the Commons: What Have We Learned? 197
7 Common Property, Regulatory Property, and Environmental Protection: Comparing Community-Based Management to Tradable Environmental Allowances 233
Pt. III Cross-Scale Linkages and Dynamic Interactions 259
8 Institutional Interplay: The Environmental Consequences of Cross-Scale Interactions 263
9 Cross-Scale Institutional Linkages: Perspectives from the Bottom Up 293
Pt. IV Emerging Issues 323
10 Scientific Uncertainty, Complex Systems, and the Design of Common-Pool Institutions 327
11 Emergence of Institutions for the Commons: Contexts, Situations, and Events 361
12 An Evolutionary Theory of Commons Management 403
Conclusion 443
13 Knowledge and Questions After 15 Years of Research 445
About the Contributors 491
Index 499
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews
  • Posted January 2, 2010

    Good organization in the presentation of the works

    For professionnals this book resumed the main way about institutional evolution and its problems. The futures are obviously clear and it is compelling for researcher

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)