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Engaging with Impossibilities and Possibilities †

Elinor Ostrom

in Arguments for a Better World: Essays in Honor of Amartya Sen, Volume 2: Society, Institutions, and Development

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780199239979
eISBN:
9780191716874
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199239979.003.0029
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Development, Growth, and Environmental

Upon thinking deeply about Kenneth Arrow's ‘Impossibility Theorem’, Amartya Sen advises scholars not to despair, but to engage seriously the impossibility result so that we understand it better and ... More


Naming the Tragedy

Eric T. Freyfogle

in A Good That Transcends: How US Culture Undermines Environmental Reform

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780226326085
eISBN:
9780226326252
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226326252.003.0008
Subject:
Environmental Science, Environmental Studies

Garrett Hardin’s classic work on the tragedy of the commons can stand as a kind of Rorschach test, given the widely varied ways people interpret it based on the values and presumptions they bring to ... More


Reasoned Understandings and Social Change in Research on Common Resources: Introducing a Framework to Keep Tensions Active, Productive, and Ever-present

in Unruly Complexity: Ecology, Interpretation, Engagement

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226790350
eISBN:
9780226790398
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226790398.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

Garrett Hardin's idea of the “tragedy of the commons” is widely invoked in the discussions of conservation and natural resource management. Many teachers of environmental studies use classroom ... More


The Commons and the Anticommons

Lee Anne Fennell

in The Unbounded Home: Property Values Beyond Property Lines

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300122442
eISBN:
9780300155020
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300122442.003.0004
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Economic Systems

This chapter introduces the commons and anticommons templates to understand and devise solutions to a broad range of residential property dilemmas. The chapter discusses Garrett Hardin, who ... More


Democracy and the Commons

Steven Vogel

in Thinking like a Mall: Environmental Philosophy after the End of Nature

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780262029100
eISBN:
9780262326988
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262029100.003.0007
Subject:
Environmental Science, Environmental Studies

The collective action problem Hardin named the tragedy of the commons is another version of the phenomenon that Marx called alienation. The aggregated effect of the individual actions of myriad ... More


The Fugitive Slave Issue on Trial

David G. Smith

in On the Edge of Freedom: The Fugitive Slave Issue in South Central Pennsylvania, 1820–1870

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780823240326
eISBN:
9780823240364
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823240326.003.0005
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This chapter examines the attempt of antislavery activists to contest the fugitive slave issue legally in Pennsylvania's courts. If Pennsylvania judges could be induced to rule for fugitive slaves ... More


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