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Special Collection

The commons of developed industrialized countries

Collection launched: 27 Nov 2020
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. For the traditional commons, one key variable for long-term development prospects of the commons is found in the way ownership to the commons is structured. A second key variable is the way increasing knowledge, including scientific environmental knowledge, has affected our perception of what a resource is within a commons and its value. The way these two variables characterizing commons: “structure of ownership” and “knowledge of valuable resources” are related is illustrated in a process referred to as “the withering away” with potential for widely diverging outcomes. Also new emerging urban commons are commented on and a more in-depth study of both traditional and new urban commons is called for.