This book deals with various aspects of the 'commons' problems; focuses on water-related issues; looks at writings in the conservation area, with particular emphasis on irreversibility and uncertainty; and examines the role of natural resources in economic development.
Part I: Is the Commons a Tragedy? 1. "Common Property" as a Concept in Natural Resources Policy 2. The Economics of Environment Policy 3. Criteria and Conditions for Public and Private Ownership of Range Resour Part II: Water Policy 4. Water Policy and Economic Optimizing: Some Conceptual Problems in Water Research 5. Water Economics: Relations to Law and Policy 6. Philosophy and Objectives of Watershed Policy 7. Water Quality, a Problem for the Economist Part III: Water Development Economics 8. Benefit-Cost Analysis and Public Resource Development 9. Conceptual Problems in Projecting the Demand for Land and Water 10. Cost Allocation in Relation to Western Water Policies Part IV: Irreversibility, Uncertainty, and Conservation 11. Economics and Policies of Resource Conservation 12. Conservation of the California Tule Elk: A Socioeconomic Study of a Survival Problem 13. The "New" Competition for Land and Some Implications for Public Policy 14. Conservation and Resource Programming 15. Social Objectives of Conservation of Natural Resources with Particular Reference to Taxation of Forests 16. Multiple Use as a Concept for Water and Range Policy Part V: Natural Resources in Economic Development 17. Natural Resources in Economic Growth: The Role of Institutions and Policies