Routledge Handbook of the Study of the Commons: Chapter on Pseudo-Commons in Post-Socialist Countries by Insa Theesfeld available open access now

Chapter 26. The Role of Pseudo-Commons in Post-Socialist Countries by Insa Theesfeld has now been made available Open Access, and the link to the chapter can be found on the books webpage here: Summary of the Chapter: In the 50 years since Garret Hardin published his “Tragedy of the Commons”, scholarship has revealed what […]

Intersections of ecosystem services and common-pool resources literature: An interdisciplinary encounter

Romina Rodela et al., 2019. Intersections of ecosystem services and common-pool resources literature: An interdisciplinary encounter. Environmental Science & Policy 92(4), 72-81. Abstract Interdisciplinary research is understood to be the preferred way for scientific research to deepen understanding about environmental issues and challenges for sustainability. Two well-defined interdisciplinairy research fields, Ecosystems services (ES) and Common-pool […]

Routledge Handbook of the Study of the Commons

We are pleased to announce that the new Routledge Handbook of the Study of the Commons edited by Blake Hudson, Jonathan Rosenbloom, Dan Cole and with contributions from some of the leading commons scholars and practitioners is available in print now. “The “commons” has come to mean many things to many people, and the term is often […]

Past-Presidents Tine De Moor and Ruth Meinzen-Dick co-authors on Science article ‘Tragedy Revisited’

On December 13, 2018, the 50th anniversary of Hardin’s publication ‘Tragedy of the Commons’, Science published the article ‘Tragedy Revisited’. This article consists of contributions by various experts on historical and present-day commons issues. Among the authors are IASC’s former Presidents Tine De Moor (President 2015-2017; current Past-President) and Ruth Meinzen-Dick (President 2008-2011), publishing the […]

‘Decommonising the mind’: historical impacts of British imperialism on indigenous tenure systems and self-understanding in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland

New article by Iain MacKinnon in the International Journal of the Commons Vol. 12, no 1 2018, pp. 278–300, DOI: 10.18352/ijc.814, available at: Abstract: Common pool resource theory appears to assume that external authorities are responsible for initiating attempts to ‘decommonise’ common property regimes. An unusual decommonisation proposal put forward in the Highlands and Islands […]

Constitutionality: conditions for crafting local ownership of institution-building processes by Tobias Haller, Greg Acciaioli & Stephan Rist (SNR’s Designated Award Finalist)

This article presents constitutionality as a new approach for analyzing bottom-up institution-building processes emphasizing local perceptions and local agency in common pool resource management. Using four case studies—fisheries in Zambia; pasture and forestry in Mali; fisheries in Indonesia; forestry in Bolivia—this approach analyzes examples of local institution building differing from top-down imposed participation. Our analysis […]

Several new publications by A.F. Pilon

IASC-member Andre Francisco Pilon informed us about 5 recent new publications: Pilon, A.F., Education Towards a Responsible Society: An Ecosystemic Approach for Advocacy, Public Policies, Research and Teaching Programmes, 2nd HEIRRI Conference, Vienna, 2018 [available online] Pilon, A.F., Governance, Science-Policy Interfaces, Societal Organisation and the Transition to an Ecosystemic Model of Culture, Univ. Lib. of […]

Accounting for power in the IAD….when you don’t have time to study power – publication by Marie-Claire Brisbois et al

Recently published in World Development, ‘Augmenting the IAD framework to reveal power in collaborative governance – An illustrative application to resource industry dominated processes’, co-authored by IASC-member Marie-Claire Brisbois, provides clear guidance on how to practically account for power when applying the IAD. The article focuses on issues of collaborative commons governance but will be […]

New publication: Kaiāulu by Mehana Blaich Vaughan

Building on two decades of interviews with more than sixty Hawaiian elders, leaders, and fishermen and women, Kaiāulu by Mehana Blaich Vaughan shares their stories of enduring community efforts to perpetuate kuleana (‘rights and responsibilities’). An important contribution to scholarship, Kaiāulu is also a deeply personal tribute to a community based not on ownership, but […]