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The Economics of Transnational Commons$
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Partha Dasgupta, Karl-Göran Mäler, and Alessandro Vercelli

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780198292203

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198292203.001.0001

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Protecting the Transnational Commons

Protecting the Transnational Commons

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(p.210) Protecting the Transnational Commons
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The Economics of Transnational Commons
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Robert Dorfman

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198292203.003.0010

This chapter states that the problem of protecting the transnational commons is less a natural scientific problem of understanding the physical and biological processes that disrupt the environment, or of developing appropriate protective techniques, than it is a social scientific problem of devising procedures to expedite international cooperation in protecting the transnational commons. The chapter suggests that the procedures of international negotiations be altered so as to make more use of relevant economic concepts and insights. The chapter also recommends an approach based on the benefits principle of public finance, advocated particularly by Knut Wicksell and Erik Lindahl. The chapter recommends more research be done. Specifically, a need for drastic improvement in the negotiating procedures is great enough to justify conducting pilot trials in a few relatively manageable cases.

Keywords:   transnational commons, biological processes, international negotiations, economic concepts, economic insights

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