Governing the Commons: The Evolution of Institutions for Collective Action / Edition 1by Elinor Ostrom
Pub. Date: 11/28/1990
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Neither the state nor the market have been successful in solving common pool resource problems. This study accordingly analyzes communal interests in land, irrigation communities, fisheries, etc. and proposes alternative solutions.
- Cambridge University Press
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- Political Economy of Institutions and Decisions Series
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- New Edition
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- 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.02(d)
Table of ContentsPreface; 1. Reflections on the commons; 2. An institutional approach to the study of self-organization and self-governance in CPR situations; 3. Analyzing long-enduring, self-organized and self-governed CPRs; 4. Analyzing institutional change; 5. Analyzing institutional failures and fragilities; 6. A framework for analysis of self-organizing and self-governing CPRs; Notes; References; Index.
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I consider this the foundational text for the study of the commons. It contains solid research, a good discussion of theory, and clear summaries. It is the basis for reading later books such as The Drama of the Commons.