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The Dilemma of the Commoners (Political Economy of Institutions and Decisions)

The Dilemma of the Commoners (Political Economy of Institutions and Decisions)

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Tine De Moor
Cambridge University Press, 4/30/2015
EAN 9781107022164, ISBN10: 1107022169

Hardcover, 226 pages, 23.7 x 16 x 2.2 cm
Language: English

One of the classic problems in social science is known as 'the dilemma of the commons', in which land, water, and other resources held jointly by social or economic segments tend to be depleted sooner and to a greater extent than privately held assets. During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, many aspects of western European society changed fundamentally, including the abolition of common-property rights, which in itself was related to social and economic shifts in that same society. This book intends to put the debate on commons, commoners, and the disappearance of both throughout early modern and modern northwestern Europe in a new light, through new approaches and innovative methodologies. Tine De Moor aims to link the historical debate about the long-term evolution of commons to the present-day debates on common-pool resources, as well as touching upon various disciplines within the social sciences that work on commons issues.

Introduction
1. The emergence of commons and other forms of institutions for collective action in western Europe from the late Middle Ages onwards
2. Common land and common rights in Flanders
3. From rules to practice
case description, sources and methodology
4. The choices of the commoners
understanding utility, efficiency and equity on the commons through the behavior of the commoners
5. Dealing with dilemmas
conclusions
6. Epilogue
the revenge of history? The return of the homo cooperans in present-day western European countries.