Thursday, October 15, 2009

Comeback of the Commons

The 2009 Nobel Prize in economics went to Elinor Ostrom & Oliver Williamson. They pointed out that internal social control mechanisms regulate the use of the commons and that one does not have to resort to private property rights.

Here the award announcement:

“Rules that are imposed from the outside or unilaterally dictated by powerful insiders have less legitimacy and are more likely to be violated. Likewise, monitoring and enforcement work better when conducted by insiders than by outsiders. These principles are in stark contrast to the common view that monitoring and sanctions are the responsibility of the state and should be conducted by public employees.”

1 comment:

bus said...

Good Noble year for the US.