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The Liberal Commons


Hanoch Dagan


Tel Aviv University - Buchmann Faculty of Law

Michael A. Heller


Columbia University - Columbia Law School

September 2000

Yale Law Journal, Vol. 110, 2001

Abstract:     
Must we choose between the benefits of cooperative use of scarce resources and our liberal commitments to autonomy and exit? No. Law can mediate community and liberty ? a theory of the liberal commons provides the bridge that reconciles these two seemingly contradictory imperatives. Liberal commons institutions enable a limited group of people to capture the economic and social benefits from cooperation, while also ensuring autonomy to individuals through a secure right to exit. This Article shows how current theories obscure the most salient tradeoffs in managing commons resources; details the liberal commons model comprising the decision-making spheres of individual dominion, democratic self-governance, and cooperation-enhancing exit; and presents a case study on declining black landownership that illustrates the power of our approach.

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Date posted: October 17, 2000  

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Dagan, Hanoch and Heller, Michael A., The Liberal Commons (September 2000). Yale Law Journal, Vol. 110, 2001. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=241072 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.241072

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Hanoch Dagan (Contact Author)
Tel Aviv University - Buchmann Faculty of Law ( email )
Ramat Aviv
Tel Aviv 69978, IL
Israel
+972 3 640 7302 (Phone)
Michael A. Heller
Columbia University - Columbia Law School ( email )
435 West 116th Street
New York, NY 10025
United States
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