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Design Principles for Global Commons: Natural Resources and Emerging Technologies

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Type: Journal Article
Author: Stern, Paul C.
Journal: International Journal of the Commons
Volume: 5
Page(s): 213-232
Date: 2011
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/7545
Sector: Global Commons
Subject(s): commons
common pool resources
global commons
governance and politics
Abstract: "Ostrom's design principles for managing common pool resources were developed largely by examining local commons involving natural resources. This paper enumerates several key characteristics that distinguish such commons from more complex commons involving global resources and the risks of emerging technologies. It considers the degree to which the design principles transfer to those commons and concludes that although they have considerable external validity, the list needs some modification and elaboration to apply to global resources and risk commons. A list of design principles is offered for global resource commons and the risks of emerging technologies. Applying Ostroms approach to global resources and emerging technologies can improve understanding and expand the solution set for these problems from international treaties, top-down national regulation, and interventions in market pricing systems to include nongovernmental institutions that embody principles of self-governance."

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