Governance of the commons

On the mysterious fact that most people get on with most of their neighbours most of the time

A particular sub-class of social institutions. Back in undergraduate days this was massive for me, but I have been thinking of over things since then. I could do with a refresher. for now, google of Elinor Ostrom and David Putnam and the critiques of those authors for a flavour of this. Especially Ostrom.

Taxonomy of public goods

Institutions that manage these

Nadia Eghbal, An alternate ending to the tragedy of the commons point to the failure of online discourse as an issue of management of the commons

What even is social capital?


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β€”β€”β€”. 1992. β€œThe Rudiments of a Theory of the Origins, Survival, and Performance of Common Property Institutions.” Making the Commons Work: Theory, Practice and Policy.
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