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    The role of context, scale, and interdependencies in successful commons governance

    There is a lack of comparative CPR studies, especially ones involving different types of CPRs, such as irrigation systems, fisheries, and forests. This special collection examines how patterns of Ostrom’s design principles relate to outcomes across diverse CPR settings. Guest editor: Edella Schlager

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    The commons of developed industrialized countries

    Developed industrialized countries today appear to have a growing diversity of activities inspired by the idea of a commons as a form of organisation. This special collection discusses the status and prospects of the commons of developed industrialized countries. Guest editors: Erling Berge, Margaret McKean

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    Spatialities of the Commons

    There’s little explicit attention that has been paid to date to the spatial dimensions of the commons. This special collection explores the importance of geography to the commons and its governance. Guest editor: Timothy Moss

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    Multi-level governance of forests: Part 1

    A major challenge for researchers and practitioners regards recognizing and addressing cross-scale dynamics in space and over time in order to design and implement effective governance arrangements. This special collections provides an overview of the concept of multi-level forest governance. Guest editors: Esther Mwangi, Andrew Wardell

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    Multi-level governance of forests: Part 2

    A major challenge for researchers and practitioners regards recognizing and addressing cross-scale dynamics in space and over time in order to design and implement effective governance arrangements. This special collections provides an overview of the concept of multi-level forest governance. Guest editors: Esther Mwangi, Andrew Wardell

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    Introducing SESMAD: The Social-Ecological Systems Meta-Analysis Database

    The Social-ecological systems meta-analysis database (SESMAD) is an internationally collaborative meta-analysis project. This special collection contains a set of articles resulting from this project. Guest editor: Michael Cox

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    Innovating through commons use: community-based enterprises

    Community-based enterprises allow us to study local institutions’ responses to opportunities, develop networks, new skills and knowledge, and evolve. We present a diverse array of scholars and practitioners active with indigenous enterprises, community development, community forestry, ecotourism and conservation-development projects. Guest editors: Ian Davidson-Hunt, Fikret Berkes

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    Selected papers from the IASC 12th Biennial Conference, Cheltenham, UK

    This special collection commemorates the 2008 international meeting of the International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC), held in Cheltenham, England July l4–18, 2008, in the heart of the traditional agrarian “commons.” Guest editors: Bonnie McCay, Alyne Delaney

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    Microbial commons

    Worldwide, vast amounts of plant and animal genetic material are collected. However, more and more biological materials are enclosed behind national and privatized fences. This special collection focuses on the increasing threats to enclose the global commons in biological materials. Guest editor: Tom Dedeurwaerdere

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    Commons in a changing Europe: Part 1

    This special collection has the specific aim to increase the understanding of Eastern European Commons, more particularly the development of Commons in post-communist states. Guest editors: Audun Sandberg, Insa Theesfeld, Achim Schlüter

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    Commons in a changing Europe: Part 2

    This special collection has the specific aim to increase the understanding of Eastern European Commons, more particularly the development of Commons in post-communist states. Guest editors: Audun Sandberg, Insa Theesfeld, Achim Schlüter

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    Commons created by technology: The radio spectrum

    The radio frequency spectrum is a classic example of a technology-dependent commons. In this special collection, we present two articles that trace the evolution of transnational management institutions for the use of radio frequencies in Europe for broadcasting. Guest editors: Erling Berge, Eda Kranakis

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    Challenges of critical institutionalism

    Critical institutional ICI) approaches have much to offer commons scholarship, particularly through the explanatory power of the concept of bricolage for better understanding institutional change. This special collection furthers the study of natural resource management from a CI perspective. Guest editors: Frances Cleaver, Jessica de Koning

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    The 20th anniversary of 'Governing the Commons’: Part 1

    Elinor Ostrom’s book Governing the Commons celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2010. Since its appearance, it has changed the agenda of commons research and practice. In this special feature project we have sought to emphasize the impact of the book. Guest editors: Frank van Laerhoven, Erling Berge

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    The 20th anniversary of 'Governing the Commons’: Part 2

    Elinor Ostrom’s book Governing the Commons celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2010. Since its appearance, it has changed the agenda of commons research and practice. In this special feature project we have sought to emphasize the impact of the book. Guest editors: Frank van Laerhoven, Erling Berge

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    Collective action institutions in a long-term perspective

    The interaction between historical research and commons studies can bring important benefits to both disciplines. The goal of this special collection is to explore the potential that a more historical approach can bring to the study of common-pool institutions. Guest editors: Miguel Laborda-Pemán, Tine de Moor

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    Pastoralism and the new commons: Co-management, conflict and cooperation

    After the demise of the pastoral commons since the 1980s, we now observe a distinct trend towards a re-assertion and re-organization of the commons in rural Southern and Eastern Africa. This special collection explores these new commons. Guest editors: Michael Bollig, Carolyn Lesorogol

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    Cross Commons Governance in Southern Africa

    Earlier, most Southern African societies developed quite effective indigenous institutions commons management. Few of these systems are effective today. This special collection explore opportunities and challenges with respect to integrating scale – landscapes, ecosystems, and governing systems – into the local commons. Guest editors: Lapologang Magole, Stephen Turner, Bram Büscher

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    Resilience and Adaptation in the Governance of Social-Ecological Systems

    In this special issue a series of papers has been collected to further the frontier of the study of the governance of social-ecological systems. The papers are a selection of presentations from the North American Regional Meeting of the IASC. The theme of the conference was “Capturing the Complexity of the Commons.”