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To Keep Away from the Leviathan: The Case of the Swedish Common Forests

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Type: Conference Paper
Author: Carlsson, Lars
Conference: Reinventing the Commons, the Fifth Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of Common Property
Location: Bodoe, Norway
Conf. Date: May 24-28, 1995
Date: 1995
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/1883
Sector: Forestry
Region: Europe
Subject(s): IASC
common pool resources
resource management
Abstract: "The aim of this paper is to illustrate and discuss the current situation of the Swedish common forests. With reference to Giddens' (1984) theory of structuration and Kiser and Ostrom's (1982) meta-theoretical framework the commons are analyzed. It is shown that, even though the commons have survived for more than one hundred years and even though their existence is ultimately secured by the State, they have difficulties in handling the entrenchment of the principles of the democratic State. This observation gives rise to the question of whether it is possible to identify the relevant constitution governing the commons, and whether it is relevant to argue that the constitution decides collective and operational rules at a lower level in the institutional hierarchy. Finally it is concluded that, despite the fact that the State (the Leviathan) guarantees the existence of the commons, one of their means of survival is to keep away from the State."

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