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Routledge Handbook of the Study of the Commons

ISBN 9781138060906
Published January 11, 2019 by Routledge
442 Pages - 43 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This comprehensive Handbook serves as a unique synthesis and resource for understanding how analytical frameworks developed within the literature assist in understanding the nature and management of commons resources. Such frameworks include those related to Institutional Analysis and Development, Social-Ecological Systems, and Polycentricity, among others. The book aggregates and analyses these frameworks to lay a foundation for exploring how they apply according to scholars across a wide range of disciplines. It includes an exploration of the unique problems arising in different disciplines of commons study, including natural resources (forests, oceans, water, energy, ecosystems, etc), economics, law, governance, the humanities, and intellectual property. It shows how the analytical frameworks discussed early in the book facilitate interdisciplinarity within commons scholarship. This interdisciplinary approach within the context of analytical frameworks helps facilitate a more complete understanding of the similarities and differences faced by commons resource users and managers, the usefulness of the commons lens as an analytical tool for studying resource management problems, and the best mechanisms by which to formulate policies aimed at addressing such problems.

Chapter 26 of this book is freely available as a downloadable Open Access PDF under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 3.0 license.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Commons Analytical Frameworks and Case Studies

Blake Hudson, Jonathan Rosenbloom and Dan Cole

Part I: Theoretical Frameworks and Alternative Lenses for Analyzing Commons

2. Bridging Analytical Frameworks and Disciplines to Which They Apply

Konrad Hagedorn, Philipp Grundmann and Andreas Thiel

3. Using the Ostrom Workshop Frameworks to Study the Commons

Michael Cox

4. Polycentricity

Josephine van Zeben

5. Connecting Commons and the IAD Framework

Mike McGinnis

6. Anticommons Theory

Michael Heller

7. Knowledge Commons

Michael J. Madison, Brett M. Frischmann and Katherine J. Strandburg

8. Commons Storytelling: Tragedies, Comedies, and Tragicomedies

Brigham Daniels

9. Common-pool Resource Appropriation and Conservation: Lessons from Experimental Economics

James Walker and Esther Blanco

10. Humanistic Rational Choice: Understanding the Fundamental Motivations that Drive Self-Organization and Cooperation in Commons Dilemmas

Dan DeCaro

Part II: Commons Interdisciplinary Case Studies

11. The US Public Lands as Commons

Bruce Huber

12. Water Commons: A Critical Appreciation and Revisionist View

Eduardo Araral, Maitreyee Mukherjee, Faye Victoria Sit Ying Qi and Serik Orazgaliyev

13. Commons Analysis and Ocean Fisheries

Bonnie McCay Merritt

14. Coastal Commons as Social-ecological Systems

Achim Schlüter, Stefan Partelow, Luz Elba Torres-Guevara and Tim C. Jennerjahn

15. Climate as a Commons

Jouni Paavola

16. Governing Wildlife Commons: Wild Boars, Wolves, and Red Kites

Christian Schleyer, Nina Hagemann and Katharina Rauchenecker

17. Ecosystem Services as Commons?

Tatiana Kluvankova, Stanislava Brnkalakova, Veronika Gezik and Michal Maco

18. Urban commons of the Global South: Using multiple frames to illuminate complexity

Seema Mundoli, Hita Unnikrishnan and Harini Nagendra

19. Ostrom in the City: Design Principles and Practices for the Urban Commons

Sheila R. Foster and Christian Iaione

20. Infrastructure and its Governance: The British Broadcasting Corporation Case Study

Brett Frischmann

21. Medical Information Commons

Mary A. Majumder, Peter D. Zuk and Amy L. McGuire

22. Ethical Standards for Unconsented Data Access to Build Genomic and Other Medical Information Commons

Barbara Evans

23. Technology Dependent Commons

Nina Wormbs

24. From Historical Institution to pars pro toto: the Commons and Their Revival in Historical Perspective

Tine De Moor

25. Customary Authority and Commons Governance

Frank Matose, Phil René Oyono and James Murombedzi

26. The Role of Pseudo-Commons in Post-Socialist Countries

Insa Theesfeld

27. Facilitated Self-Governance of the Commons: On the Roles of Civil Society Organizations in the Governance of Shared Resource Systems

Frank van Laerhoven and Clare Barnes

28. Commons, Indigenous Rights, and Governance

Iliana Monterroso, Peter Cronkleton and Anne M. Larson

29. Globalization, Local Commons, and the Multiscale Ecosystem Framework (MEF)

Timothy O. Randhir

Part III: A Global Context

30. Bigger Issues in a Smaller World: The Future of the Commons

Cheryl Chan, Fatima Noor Khan and Sajida Awan

31. Protecting the Global Commons: The Politics of Planetary Boundaries

Oran R. Young and Falk Schmidt

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Blake Hudson is a Professor of Law at the University of Houston Law Center, Houston, Texas, USA.

Jonathan Rosenbloom is a Professor of Law at Drake University Law School, Des Moines, Iowa, USA.

Dan Cole is a Professor of Law at Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, USA, with a joint appointment in the School of Law and in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs.

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