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Success on the Commons: A Comparative Examination of Institutions for Common Property Resources Management

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Type: Working Paper
Author: McKean, Margaret A.
Date: 1986
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/5349
Sector: Land Tenure & Use
Subject(s): common pool resources
resource management
property rights
land tenure and use
collective goods
mountain regions
institutional analysis
Abstract: "The history of common rights in land and water--how these systems evolve, function, and disappear--is an excellent source of enlightenment for those who like me worry about the problems of collective goods. Although I am an amateur adventurer and interloper with regard to both Japans' history and the comparative history of common property systems, I would like to offer a primitive and premature list of observations on both topics. I will begin with a short summary of the management practices used in the 19th and 20th centuries in one very well studied expanse of Japan's common land--the north slope of Mount Fuji, about which I have written previously. I will then compare the essential features of these practices to those found in other systems of common property management in England, Switzerland, Morocco, Nepal, India, and the Andean highlands."

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