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Designing New Common Property Regimes for New Landscape Futures

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Type: Conference Paper
Author: McKean, Margaret A.
Conference: International Symposium on Landscape Futures
Location: Armidale, New South Wales, Australia
Conf. Date: September 22-25, 1999
Date: 1999
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/5352
Sector: Theory
Subject(s): common pool resources--theory
property rights--policy
property rights--theory
resource management--policy
land tenure and use--policy
Abstract: "It is conventional to think of common property regimes that are devised by communities who use certain natural resources in common as very traditional social institutions dependent on considerable face-to-fact contact for enforcement, and therefore as unlikely to work in industrialized or commercialized settings. However, I would like us to examine common property regimes as complex systems of reorganizing the strands in the classic bundle of property rights, and to consider the possibility that this re-allocation of strands — reallocation of particular rights, of streams of benefits, of responsibilities for oversight — is exactly what we are finding we must do wherever we face environmental externalities. It does not matter whether the environmental externalities occur in hunter-gatherer societies or in self-contained agricultural settlements or in dense industrial urban settings. In comparing some of the traditional long-lasting and successful common property regimes to new attempts at environmental regulation, we may be able to identify crucial weaknesses or imagine new remedies in our contemporary efforts."

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