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Protecting the Commons

A Framework For Resource Management In The Americas

 Protecting the Commons
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Edited by Joanna Burger, Elinor Ostrom, Richard B. Norgaard, David Policansky, and Bernard D. Goldstein

375 pages | 6 x 9

Commons -- lands, waters, and resources that are not legally owned and controlled by a single private entity, such as ocean and coastal areas, the atmosphere, public lands, freshwater aquifers, and migratory species -- are an increasingly contentious issue in resource management and international affairs.

Protecting the Commons provides an important analytical framework for understanding commons issues and for designing policies to deal with them. The product of a symposium convened by the Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment (SCOPE) to mark the 30th anniversary of Garrett Hardin's seminal essay “The Tragedy of the Commons” the book brings together leading scholars and researchers on commons issues to offer both conceptual background and analysis of the evolving scientific understanding on commons resources. The book:

  • gives a concise update on commons use and scholarship
  • offers eleven case studies of commons, examined through the lens provided by leading commons theorist Elinor Ostrom
  • provides a review of tools such as Geographic Information Systems that are useful for decision-making
  • examines environmental justice issues relevant to commons

Contributors include Alpina Begossi, William Blomquist, Joanna Burger, Tim Clark, Clark Gibson, Michael Gelobter, Michael Gochfeld, Bonnie McCay, Pamela Matson, Richard Norgaard, Elinor Ostrom, David Policansky, Jeffrey Richey, Jose Sarukhan, and Edella Schlager.

Protecting the Commons represents a landmark study of commons issues that offers analysis and background from economic, legal, social, political, geological, and biological perspectives. It will be essential reading for anyone concerned with commons and commons resources, including students and scholars of environmental policy and economics, public health, international affairs, and related fields.

Priface IX
Acknowledgments x1
Introduction 1
Joanna Burger, Christopher Field, Richard B. Norgaard, Elinor Ostrom, and
David Policansky
Chapter l. Reformulating the Commons 17
Elinor Ostrom
Part I. Local Commons
Chapter 2. When the Commons Become Less Tragic: Land Tenure,
Social Organization, and Fair Trade in Mexico 45
Jose Sarukhan and Jorge Larson
Chapter 3. Forest Resources: Institutions for Local Governance in
Guatemala 71
Clark C. Gibson
Chapter 4. Wildlife Resources: The Elk ofJackson Hole,
Wyoming 91
Tim WClark
Chapter 5. Cooperative and Territorial Resources: Brazilian
Artisanal Fisheries 109
Alpina Begossi
Part II. Regional and Cross-Boundary Commons
Chapter 6. Water Resources: The Southwestern United States 133
Edella Schlager and William Blomquist
Chapter 7. Recreational and Commercial Fisheries 161
David Policansky
Chapter 8. Community-based and Cooperative Fisheries:
Solutions to Fishermen's Problems 175
Bonnie J McCay
Chapter 9. Multiuse Coastal Commons: Personal Watercraft,
Conflicts, and Resolutions 195
joanna Burger
Part III. Global Commons
Chapter 10. The Atmospheric Commons 219
john Harrison and Pamela Matson
Chapter 11. Arctic Contaminants and Human Health 241
John P. Middaugh
Chapter 12. Medical Care as a Commons 253
Michael Gochfeld,Joanna Burger, and Bernard D. Goldstein
Part IV. Decision-making Tools
Chapter 13. Spatial Techniques for Understanding Commons
Issues 273
jiffrey E. Richey
Chapter 14. Integrating Scale and Social Justice in the
Commons 293
Michel Gelobter
Conclusion 327
Joanna Burger, Richard B. Norgaard, and Elinor Ostrom
About the Contributors 337
Index 343
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