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Editorial: The 20th Anniversary of Elinor Ostrom's Governing the Commons

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Type: Journal Article
Author: van Laerhoven, Frank; Berge, Erling
Journal: International Journal of the Commons
Volume: 5
Page(s): 1-8
Date: 2011
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/7079
Sector: General & Multiple Resources
Subject(s): common pool resources
Ostrom, Elinor
Governing the Commons
tragedy of the commons
Hardin, Garrett
Abstract: "Elinor Ostrom’s Governing the Commons celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2010. Since its appearance, the book has changed the agenda of commons research and practice. True to its title, it has sparked a search for ways to actually govern the commons--rather than simply declaring them anachronisms, for which there is no place in a world that looks to develop sustainably. Additionally, whereas since 1968 the commons debate was dominated by the ideas of one biologist, Governing the Commons opened up the quest for further understanding of commons questions to a great many other disciplines. In this special feature project we have sought to emphasize both aspects of the impact of the book."

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