Rights to Nature: Ecological, Economic, Cultural, and Political Principles of Institutions for the Environment

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Susan Hanna, Carl Folke, Karl-Göran Mäler
Island Press, Sep 1, 1996 - Business & Economics - 298 pages
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Property rights are a tool humans use in regulating their use of natural resources. Understanding how rights to resources are assigned and how they are controlled is critical to designing and implementing effective strategies for environmental management and conservation.Rights to Nature is a nontechnical, interdisciplinary introduction to the systems of rights, rules, and responsibilities that guide and control human use of the environment. Following a brief overview of the relationship between property rights and the natural environment, chapters consider: ecological systems and how they function the effects of culture, values, and social organization on the use of natural resources the design and development of property rights regimes and the costs of their operation cultural factors that affect the design and implementation of property rights systems coordination across geographic and jurisdictional boundaries The book provides a valuable synthesis of information on how property rights develop, why they develop in certain ways, and the ways in which they function. Representing a unique integration of natural and social science, it addresses the full range of ecological, economic, cultural, and political factors that affect natural resource management and use, and provides valuable insight into the role of property rights regimes in establishing societies that are equitable, efficient, and sustainable.
  

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Contents

Property Rights and the Natural Environment
1
The Interface Between Social and Ecological
7
Systems
13
An Overview of Social
35
Dynamics of Disharmony in Ecological and Social Systems
57
Social Systems Ecological Systems and Property Rights
87
Common and Private Concerns
111
The Formation of Property Rights
127
The Economics of Control and the Cost of Property Rights
157
Culture and Property Rights
179
Property Rights and Development
205
CommonProperty Regimes as a Solution to Problems of Scale
223
Rights Rules and Resources in International Society
245
Building Property Rights for Transboundary Resources
265
Index
285
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Susan S. Hanna is professor of agricultural and resource economics at Oregon State University, and director of the Property Rights and the Performance of Natural Systems research program at the Beijer International Institute of Ecological Economics, The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm, Sweden. Carl Folke is deputy director of the Beijer Institute, and professor of systems ecology at Stockholm University. Karl-Goran Maler is professor of economics at the Stockholm School of Economics, and director of the Beijer Institute.

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