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Common-Pool Resource Theory

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Type: Book Chapter
Author: Schlager, Edella
Book Title: Environmental Governance Reconsidered: Challenges, Choices, and Opportunities
Publisher: MIT Press (Manuscript Draft)
Location: Cambridge, MA
Page(s): 145-175
Date: 2004
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/5648
Sector: Theory
Region: North America
Subject(s): common pool resources
tragedy of the commons
Ostrom, Elinor
design principles
Abstract: From p. 146: "The Australian fishers are not like Hardin's herders. They have avoided a tragedy of the commons. Why have Australian, but not New England, fishers figured a way out of their tragedy? Hardin's model cannot account for such success; it predicts failure. Until recently, if one turned to the very best scholarly work, one would find only explanations and predictions of failure. This chapter argues, however, that this attitude is beginning to change. Over the past fifteen years, scholars and practitioners have concluded that the tragedy of the commons is no longer the only model available to account for human use of common-pool resources."

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