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Commons for Whom? On New Coastal Commons on North Norwegian Coasts

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dc.contributor.author Sandberg, Audun en_US
dc.contributor.author Berge, Erling en_US
dc.contributor.author Carlsson, Lars en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-07-31T14:24:30Z
dc.date.available 2009-07-31T14:24:30Z
dc.date.issued 2003 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2007-07-27 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2007-07-27 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/51
dc.description.abstract "There are dramatic events taking place on North-Norwegian Coasts during this period. On the surface this appears as a surprising shift in the opinion of the coastal population in crucial questions. One such fundamental question in coastal areas has been the issue of Norwegian membership in the European Union, where the opinion is tilting from opposition tied to fishing rights for wild fish towards support tied to marketing access for farmed fish. But underneath this there are other long term processes that might enable us to explain why the once crucial issue of local resource control now seems to be of less importance than it was in 1972 and even as late as 1994. This paper is an initial attempt to outline what is going on in a typical resource-dependent region when the fundamental institutional relations are changed. In doing so, it does not utilize contemporary concepts like privatisation, individualization, re-feudalisation, or other ideologically based constructs as explanatory factors. Rather it is using basic property rights as useful representations of an important analytical link between the biophysical world and the social world. By tracing the effects of different designs of property rights on both natural stocks of fish and on coastal ecosystems, and on social systems like coastal communities, firms, corporations and political parties, we might come nearer to possible explanations of seemingly surprising events. "The fundamental assumption here is that the attempts at a more 'rational' resource management for wild marine fish have had unintended consequences. Over the years this benevolent political gesture has become much like a Trojan horse for coastal communities. Hidden inside precious gift that modern resource management regimes were to the coastal population, there are three dangerous soldiers: one is the soldier of increased social rigidity that rises from increased ecological uncertainty, the second is the soldier of inefficiency and lack of innovation that results from the accumulation of inequality, and the third soldier is the danger of unsustainable use of coastal ecosystems and ecosystem services." en_US
dc.publisher Department of Sociology and Political Science, Norwegian University of Science and Technology en_US
dc.relation.ispartof Commons: Old and New en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries ISS Rapport, no. 70 en_US
dc.subject coastal resources en_US
dc.subject common pool resources en_US
dc.subject property rights en_US
dc.subject fisheries en_US
dc.subject aquaculture en_US
dc.subject enclosure en_US
dc.subject parks en_US
dc.subject protected areas en_US
dc.subject Workshop en_US
dc.title Commons for Whom? On New Coastal Commons on North Norwegian Coasts en_US
dc.type Book Chapter en_US
dc.type.published published en_US
dc.coverage.region Europe en_US
dc.coverage.country Norway en_US
dc.subject.sector Fisheries en_US
dc.subject.sector Forestry en_US
dc.identifier.citationpages 135-140 en_US
dc.identifier.citationpubloc Trondheim, Norway en_US
dc.submitter.email efcastle@indiana.edu en_US

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