Thinking About the Commons

International Journal of the Commons (2019, Forthcoming)

Arizona Legal Studies Discussion Paper No. 19-24

25 Pages Posted: 18 Nov 2019

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Carol M. Rose

University of Arizona - James E. Rogers College of Law

Date Written: 2019

Abstract

This article, originally a speech in the conference, Leçons de Droit Comparé sur les Communs, Sciences-Po, Paris, explores current developments in theoretical thinking about the commons. It keys off contemporary reconsiderations of Garret Hardin’s “Tragedy of the Commons” and Elinor Ostrom’s response to Hardin in Governing the Commons and later work. Ostrom was among the best-known critics of Hardin’s idea of a “tragedy,” but Ostrom’s own work has also raised some questions in more recent commons literature. One key question is the very uncertain relationship between community-based resource control and democratic rights. A second key question revolves around the understanding of commons on the one hand as limited common regimes, central to Ostrom’s work, or as open access, as espoused by more recent advocates of widespread access to information and communications networks.

Keywords: commons, Garrett Hardin, Elinor Ostrom, open access, limited commons, democratic governance network effects, collective action, copyleft, information networks

Suggested Citation

Rose, Carol Marguerite, Thinking About the Commons (2019). International Journal of the Commons (2019, Forthcoming); Arizona Legal Studies Discussion Paper No. 19-24. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3487612 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3487612

Carol Marguerite Rose (Contact Author)

University of Arizona - James E. Rogers College of Law ( email )

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