STC_cover-234x300John M. Anderies and Marco A. Janssen
Sustaining the commons
Tempe, AZ : Arizona State University, Center for Behavior, Institutions and the Environment, 2016 (2nd. ed.)

This textbook discusses the main framework, concepts and applications of the work of Elinor Ostrom and her colleagues for an undergraduate audience. We began teaching a course on collective and the commons in 2007 at Arizona State University. Initially we made use of Ostrom’s classic book “Governing the Commons”, but this book was not written for an undergraduate audience. Moreover, many new insights have been developed since the 1990 publication of “Governing the Commons”. Therefore we decided to write our own textbook, which we have been using since the Spring of 2012.

In this book you will learn about institutions–the rules and norms that guide the interactions among us. Those rules and norms can be found from traffic rules, rules in sports, regulations on when and where alcohol can be consumed, to constitutional rules that define who can become president of the United States of America. Rules and norms guide us to cooperative outcomes of so-called collective action problems. If we rely on voluntary contributions only to get anything done, this may not lead to the best results. But research also shows that coercion of people to comply to strict rules do not necessary lead to good outcomes. What combination of sticks and carrots is needed to be successful to solve collective action problems such as sustaining the commons?

The book is based on the work of Elinor Ostrom and her colleagues. Ostrom is best known as the 2009 co-recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economics “for her analysis of economic governance, especially the commons”. Elinor Ostrom was a professor at Indiana University since the mid 1960s, and a part-time research professor at Arizona State University since 2006. She was active in research and teaching until her death at the age of 78 on June 12, 2012.

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vocabularyofcommons-13256792637444-phpapp01-120104062247-phpapp01-thumbnail-4Anungia Aier et al.
Vocabulary of commons
Anand, Gujarat, India : Foundation for Ecological Security, 2011

Vocabulary of commons is a socio-linguistic enquiry into the legal and livelihood consequences of the term 'commons' - a serach for a vocabulary that reflect a commons approach to a life with dignity om harmony with earth and communitarian aspirations. It is to strengthen community rticulation and make their voices heard in the ongoing efforts of dialogue between communities, acadmics, practitioners, and policy makers. The initiative was coordinated by OpenSpace.

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RRCCAPRi (CGIAR Systemwide Program on Collective Action and Property Rights)
Resources, rights and cooperation: A sourcebook on property rights and collective action for sustainable development
International Food Policy Research Institute : Washington, DC, 2010

This first CAPRi sourcebook is a fitting commemoration of the 15th anniversary of CAPRi. The sourcebook is based directly on the experiences and lessons of CAPRi research from around the world. Its content is based on sound underlying research, but the presentation is simple, straightforward, and accessible. The objective of the book is to build capacity of research and development organizations to recognize the importance and relevance of CAPRi concepts and to apply the lessons and methods from CAPRi research to their work with communities, policymakers, and other stakeholders. It is our hope that it will serve not only as a relevant and practical guide for development practitioners, trainers, and policymakers, but will also be used in universities and other institutions of higher learning. A series of educational posters designed to complement the lessons of the book is also available.

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