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Description - Local Commons and Global Interdependence by Robert O. Keohane

Neither modern states nor small farmers in remote areas of poor countries can appeal to authoritative hierarchies to enforce rules governing their relations with one another. Both must finds ways to reach agreements that can be maintained through reciprocity if they are to avoid the "tragedy of the commons" from which they cannot extract themselves. This book explores the conditions for and possibilities of reaching such agreements. It develops a theoretical understanding of co-operation and discord at local and global levels, focusing on two of the key variables that affect outcomes - the number of actors, and the degree of heterogeneity between them. The book provides a broad-ranging introduction to the theory and theoretical issues involved, combining this with a detailed review of research evidence on how agreements to co-operate are established and maintained.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780803979635
ISBN-10: 0803979630
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 156mm x mm)
Pages: 272
Imprint: SAGE Publications Ltd
Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd
Publish Date: 15-Nov-1994
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Robert O. Keohane

Elinor Ostrom is the Arthur F. Bentley Professor of Political Science and Co-Director of the Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, Indiana University, Bloomington. She was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2001; is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; and a recipient of the Frank E. Seidman Prize in Political Economy and the Johan Skytte Prize in Political Science. Her books include Governing the Commons: The Evolution of Institutions for Collective Action; Rules, Games, and Common-Pool Resources (with Roy Gardner and James Walker); and Local Commons and Global Interdependence: Heterogeneity and Cooperation in Two Domains (with Robert Keohane).

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