Governing the Commons: a tale of two fisheries

In a previous post, I touched on an archaeological dig in British Columbia, Canada, that is chronicled in a series of articles in the Pacific Standard magazine.The dig concerned how a tribe of hunter-gatherers transitioned to a settled life based on fishing a salmon-rich river. The tribe’s families staked out and took private possession...

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Governing the Commons: Eight Ways to Avoid the Tragedy of the Commons

One great thing that Elinor Ostrom did in her book Governing the Commons: The evolution of institutions for collective action was to lay out design principles for long-enduring institutions that manage community pooled resources (CPR) and avoid the “tragedy of the commons“. (CPRs can be many things. Ostrom’s draws her main examples from forestry,...

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