This volume focuses on how, in Europe, the debate on the commons is discussed in regard to historical and contemporary dimensions, critically referencing the work of Elinor Ostrom. It also explores from the perspective of new institutional political ecology (NIPE) how Europe directly and indirectly affected and affects the commons globally.
Most of the research on the management of commons pool resources is limited to dealing with one of two topics: either the interaction between local participatory governance and development of institutions for commons management, or a political- economy approach that focuses on global change as it is related to the increasingly globalised expansion of capitalist modes of production, consumption and societal reproduction. This volume bridges the two, addressing how global players affect the commons worldwide and how they relate to responses emerging from within the commons in a global- local (glocal) world. Authors from a range of academic disciplines present research findings on recent developments on the commons, including: historical insights; new innovations for participatory institutions building in Europe or several types of commons grabbing, especially in Africa related to European investments; and restrictions on the management of commons at the international level. European case studies are included, providing interesting examples of local participation in commons resource management, while simultaneously showing Europe as a centre for globalized capitalism and its norms and values, affecting the rest of the world, particularly developing countries.
This book will be of interest to students and researchers from a wide range of disciplines including natural resource management, environmental governance, political geography and environmental history.
Tobias Haller is Professor at the Institute of Social Anthropology, University of Bern, Switzerland.
Thomas Breu is Director, Centre for Development and Environment, and Executive Director, International Graduate School North- South, University of Bern, Switzerland.
Tine De Moor is a Professor in the Department of Social and Economic History, Utrecht University, the Netherlands.
Christian Rohr is Professor of Environmental and Climate History, University of Bern, Switzerland.
Heinzpeter Znoj is Professor at the Institute of Social Anthropology and director of the Board of the Center for Development and Environment at the University of Bern, Switzerland.