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Reflections on Property Rights and Commons in Economies of Western Europe

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Type: Conference Paper
Author: Berge, Erling
Conference: The Commons in an Age of Globalisation, the Ninth Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of Common Property
Location: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Conf. Date: June 17-21, 2002
Date: 2002
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10535/2043
Sector: Land Tenure & Use
Theory
Region: Europe
Subject(s): IASC
common pool resources
property rights
institutions
capitalism
Abstract: From page 1: "My basic message is that commons, both as a concept and as a reality, is alive and well also in developed capitalist economies. In fact, without a sophisticated use of the particulars of institutions developed to govern the commons of Western Europe, the ability to govern the development of modern capitalist economies would be seriously hampered. And the urban way of life creates a demand for new types of commons. To me it seems that the more sophisticated capitalism becomes, the more sophisticated do institutions governing various types of commons become."

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