Rights to Nature: Ecological Economic Cultural and Political Principles of Institutions for the Environment / Edition 1

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Overview

<p>Property rights are a tool humans use in regulating their use of natural resources. Understanding how rights to resources are assigned and how they are controlled is critical to designing and implementing effective strategies for environmental management and conservation.<p>Rights to Nature is a nontechnical, interdisciplinary introduction to the systems of rights, rules, and responsibilities that guide and control human use of the environment. Following a brief overview of the relationship between property rights and the natural environment, chapters consider: <ul> <li>ecological systems and how they function <li>the effects of culture, values, and social organization on the use of natural resources <li>the design and development of property rights regimes and the costs of their operation <li>cultural factors that affect the design and implementation of property rights systems <li>coordination across geographic and jurisdictional boundaries </ul> The book provides a valuable synthesis of information on how property rights develop, why they develop in certain ways, and the ways in which they function. Representing a unique integration of natural and social science, it addresses the full range of ecological, economic, cultural, and political factors that affect natural resource management and use, and provides valuable insight into the role of property rights regimes in establishing societies that are equitable, efficient, and sustainable.<p>
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781559634908
  • Publisher: Island Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1996
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 313
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

About the Contributors
Foreword
1 Property Rights and the Natural Environment 1
2 The Structure and Function of Ecological Systems in Relation to Property-Rights Regimes 13
3 Human Use of the Natural Environment: An Overview of Social and Economic Dimensions 35
4 Dynamics of (Dis)harmony in Ecological and Social Systems 57
5 Social Systems, Ecological Systems, and Property Rights 87
6 Common and Private Concerns 111
7 The Formation of Property Rights 127
8 The Economics of Control and the Cost of Property Rights 157
9 Culture and Property Rights 179
10 Property Rights and Development 205
11 Common-Property Regimes as a Solution to Problems of Scale and Linkage 223
12 Rights, Rules, and Resources in International Society 245
13 Building Property Rights for Transboundary Resources 265
Index 285
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