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The Question of the Commons: The Culture and Ecology of Communal Resources
edited by Bonnie J. McCay and James M. Acheson
University of Arizona Press, 1987
Cloth: 978-0-8165-0972-0 | Paper: 978-0-8165-1205-8
Library of Congress Classification GF49.Q47 1987
Dewey Decimal Classification 333.72

ABOUT THIS BOOK | AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY
ABOUT THIS BOOK
This collection of eighteen original essays evaluates the use and misuse of common-property resources, taking as its starting point ecologist Garret Hardin's assertion in "The Tragedy of the Commons" that common property is doomed to overexploitation in any society. This book represents the first cross-cultural test of Hardin's argument and argues that, while tragedies of the commons do occur under some circumstances, local institutions have proven resilient and responsive to the problems of communal resource use.

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