Governing Markets as Knowledge Commons: Introduction

24 Pages Posted: 26 Mar 2018 Last revised: 13 May 2018

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Erwin Dekker

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)

Pavel Kuchař

University of Bristol

Date Written: March 22, 2018

Abstract

We lay down a theoretical framework for the analysis of the production, reproduction, and transformation of intellectual and legal infrastructures that enable market interactions using the Governing Knowledge Commons research program. A distinctive contribution of this volume is conceptualizing these knowledge structures as shared goods. There are four building blocks around which the edited volume revolves: First, markets are cultural, they depend on various kinds of knowledge some of which are governed as common pool resources; markets coincide with a form of culture that we call civilization. Secondly, civilization (understood as a set of impersonal rules) is a shared good which is – unlike physical commons – produced and reproduced by contributions and sharing. The more one uses a shared good, the more there is of it. Thirdly, the knowledge that constitutes our civilization includes various kinds of intellectual and legal infrastructures. These infrastructures are a part of a shared capital structure: they are economic inputs. Finally, entrepreneurs sustain and marginally change the shared intellectual and legal infrastructures through breaking rules, slight evasions, and justifications.

Keywords: Shared goods, institutions, conventions, knowledge commons, markets, entrepreneurship, intellectual infrastructures

JEL Classification: D02, O43, K1, L2, N80

Suggested Citation

Dekker, Erwin and Kuchař, Pavel, Governing Markets as Knowledge Commons: Introduction (March 22, 2018). In Governing Markets as Knowledge Commons: The New Entrepreneurial History of Shared Intellectual and Legal Infrastructures, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3147464 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3147464

Erwin Dekker

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) ( email )

Burgemeester Oudlaan 50
3000 DR Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland 3062PA
Netherlands

Pavel Kuchař (Contact Author)

University of Bristol ( email )

8 Woodland Road
Bristol BS8 ITN
United Kingdom

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