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Articulating Voices from the Commons: Interpretation, Translation and Facilitation--Keynote Address

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Type: Conference Paper
Author: Murphree, Marshall W.
Conference: Voices from the Commons, the Sixth Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of Common Property
Location: Berkeley, CA
Conf. Date: June 5-8, 1996
Date: 1996
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10535/5542
Sector: Information & Knowledge
Subject(s): common pool resources
property rights--theory
Abstract: "I suggest that the single most relevant aspect of common property scholarship today is its salience for environmental concerns, if we take these to be humankind's contemporary concerns for systems of enduring and sustainable livelihoods on a planet with variable and finite resources. Defined in this way, environmental concerns relate both to human/resource interactions and to human/human relationships. Contemporary environmentalism recognizes this in its collective manifestos and conventions. But generally its focus remains on the resource base and its scholarship remains the fiefdom of natural science. When this scholarship approaches social issues it tends to flounder in generalities, lacking the informing paradigms required. Common property theory stands astride two of the main environmental vectors of our era: governance and incentive. Governance, in terms of the contested issues of the appropriate locations of power and responsibility for common pool resources across a vector from centre to periphery. Incentive, in terms of reconciling disparate modalities of interest in resource allocations along a vector of appropriation and investments with both structural and temporal dimensions. It is these two issues which lie, often unspecified, beneath the heated environmental debates of paper and platform today."

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