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Institutional Arrangements and the Commons Dilemma

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dc.contributor.author Ostrom, Elinor en_US
dc.contributor.author Ostrom, Vincent en_US
dc.contributor.author Feeny, David en_US
dc.contributor.author Picht, Hartmut en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-07-31T14:24:29Z
dc.date.available 2009-07-31T14:24:29Z
dc.date.issued 1988 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2007-06-18 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2007-06-18 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/47
dc.description.abstract "Would reasonable humans, trying to order their own long-term relationships in a productive manner, structure a situation in such a perverse way? Reasonable humans may, of course, structure situations in this manner when they wish to prevent the participants in a situation from cooperating with one another. Some cooperation among participants may lead to harms externalized on others, as in criminal conspiracies or economic cartels. Cooperation is not an unambiguous good in all situations (see Ullmann-Margalit, 1977). Is the only 'choice' available to rational human beings a 'choice' within the constraints of an externally imposed structure? Once we accept this limited view of choice, we are doomed to accept the imposition of structure by external authorities as the only way out of perverse situations such as the Commons Dilemma. I do not accept such a limited view of choice; I now turn from this critique to a more positive approach to the study of Commons Dilemmas. "In the next section I will briefly describe four commons situations that have not resulted in tragedy. If we arc to understand how individuals can escape from tragedy, we need to study 'success stories' carefully. These stories are particularly interesting because none of them relies on central control or market mechanisms as its primary mode of management. Empirical cases provide the grist for further theoretical development. Once I have presented these four cases, then, I will turn to several substantive and methodological lessons to be learned from analysis of them." en_US
dc.publisher ICS Press en_US
dc.relation.ispartof Rethinking Institutional Analysis and Development: Issues, Alternatives, and Choices en_US
dc.subject Workshop en_US
dc.subject common pool resources en_US
dc.subject tragedy of the commons en_US
dc.subject institutional design en_US
dc.title Institutional Arrangements and the Commons Dilemma en_US
dc.type Book Chapter en_US
dc.type.published published en_US
dc.subject.sector Social Organization en_US
dc.identifier.citationpages 103-139 en_US
dc.identifier.citationpubloc San Francisco en_US
dc.submitter.email efcastle@indiana.edu en_US

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