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Changes in Property Rights in a Common-Pool Resource, 1600 to 1850

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Type: Conference Paper
Author: Larsson, Jesper
Conference: Design and Dynamics of Institutions for Collective Action: A Tribute to Prof. Elinor Ostrom, Second Thematic Conference of the IASC
Location: Utrecht University, Utrecht, the Netherlands
Conf. Date: 29 November - 1 December
Date: 2012
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10535/8618
Sector: History
Social Organization
Region: Europe
Subject(s): property rights
commons
Abstract: "The aim of this paper is to analyzing the development of property rights from the sixteenth century to the mid-nineteenth century in an agricultural area in upland Sweden, where the use of common-pool resources for animal husbandry were important. We will follow the transformation of the parish's forest-covered outlying land in central Sweden from open access to a communal common-property regime and finally to a common-property regime conducted on private property, i.e. the commons were converted to privately owned land but animal husbandry was still conducted as a collective action. I will discuss how these changes happened and how they affected the peasants who used the forests for grazing their animals."

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