Governing the commons: The evolution of institutions for collective action

TitleGoverning the commons: The evolution of institutions for collective action
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication1990
AuthorsOstrom, E
Number of Pages280
Date Published1990
PublisherCambridge University Press
CityCambridge [England]; New York
Call NumberHD1286.O87 1990
Keywordsaquatic resources; case studies; common property management; commons; land tenure; land use; social choice

The governance of natural resources used by many individuals in common is an issue of increasing concern to policy analysts. Both state control and privatization of resources have been advocated, but neither the state nor the market has been uniformly successful in solving common-pool resource problems. After critiquing the foundations of policy analysis as applied to natural resources, Elinor Ostrum here provides a unique body of empirical data to explore the conditions under which common-pool resource problems have been satisfactorily or unsatisfactorily solved.
Dr. Ostrum first describes three models most frequently used as the foundation for recommending state or market solutions. She then outlines theoretical and empirical alternatives to these models in order to illustrate the diversity of possible solutions. In the following chapters she uses institutional analysis to examine different ways -- both successful and unsuccessful -- of governing the commons. In contrast to the propositions of the "tragedy of the commons" argument, common-pool problems sometimes are solved by voluntary organizations rather than by a coercive state. Among the cases considered are communal tenure in meadows and forest, irrigation communities and other water rights, and fisheries. (author)

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Short TitleGoverning the commons