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Sustaining the Commons

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Type: Book
Author: Anderies, John M.; Janssen, Marco A.
Publisher: Center for the Study of Institutional Diversity
Location: Tempe, AZ
Date: 2013
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/8839
Sector: Social Organization
Subject(s): institutional analysis
collective action
Abstract: "In this book you will learn about institutions--the rules and norms that guide the interactions among us. Those rules and norms can be found from traffic rules, rules in sports, regulations on when and where alcohol can be consumed, to constitutional rules that define who can become president of the United States of America. Rules and norms guide us to cooperative outcomes of so-called collective action problems. If we rely on voluntary contributions only to get anything done, this may not lead to the best results. But research also shows that coercion of people to comply to strict rules do not necessary lead to good outcomes. What combination of sticks and carrots is needed to be successful to solve collective action problems such as sustaining the commons?"

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