The uses and abuses of Elinor Ostrom’s concept of commons in urban theorizing

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The uses and abuses of Elinor Ostrom’s concept of commons in urban theorizing

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dc.contributor.author Parker, Peter
dc.contributor.author Johansson, Magnus
dc.date.accessioned 2011-06-30T07:28:56Z
dc.date.available 2011-06-30T07:28:56Z
dc.date.issued 2011 en_US
dc.identifier.citation 17 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2043/12212
dc.description.abstract Any urban setting will contain privately owned spaces, public space and different aspects of mixed space that are not wholly public or private but which constitute common resources. Some urban common resources are tangible such as parks, sidewalks and libraries and some are intangible like a sense of security allowing people to move freely in the city, a sense of belonging, or general buzz. The notion of commons has been given an important upswing in popularity after Elinor Ostrom’s 2009 Nobel Prize. Her work on common-pool resources seems to provide a starting point for grappling with issues of urban commons. However, Ostrom’s earlier work (Ostrom 1990) deals with subtractive and tangible resources (like fish, water and forests). And one important design principle for governance of these commons is that the group of appropriators can erect clear boundary rules. A central characteristic of urban settings however is mobility, permeable boundaries and perhaps that at least occasionally resources are less clearly subtractible. It is therefore questionable to what extent theories of governing the commons relying on Ostrom’s models can be applied in urban settings. However, it may also be that urban commons may have somewhat different character but may be fruitfully approached using the same basic framework. Inroads have been made for instance on informational commons (Ostrom 2007) which also seem radically different from fisheries or water basins. This paper presents are review (in process) of how Ostrom's theories have been applied in urban studies and to highlight the potential and limitations of these approaches. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.subject commons en_US
dc.subject participatory management en_US
dc.subject collective management en_US
dc.subject.classification Humanities/Social Sciences en_US
dc.title The uses and abuses of Elinor Ostrom’s concept of commons in urban theorizing en_US
dc.type Conference Paper, other en_US
dc.relation.url http://eura2011.org/ en_US
dc.contributor.department Malmö University. Faculty of Culture and Society en
dc.description.other Conference of the European Urban Research Association, Copenhangen 23-25th of June 2011. en_US
dc.subject.srsc Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES en_US
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