Social contexts and consequences of common-pool resource management
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In this introductory article, Sick draws together numerous case studies to create a general position for moving toward the adoption of common-property regimes in the governance of common-pool resources. This argument is formed from the basic principles that common-property schemes allow locals closest to the land to have an integral role in its management and the incorporation of marginalized stakeholders will make them less likely to contribute to environmental degradation. From a management perspective, common property schemes create a more equitable distribution of risk as well as a freer flow of information and an inherently greater degree of sensitivity in management. These concepts are explored at significant depth throughout the article, leading towards a conclusion that looks to the future of common-pool resource management.