The revival of the commons: Social ‘innovation’ or old-fashioned correction mechanism?

Tine De Moor*

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The common is a historical concept with European roots, going back to medieval collective resource usage and resource management, which is in line with the renewed interest in joint resource management that can be witnessed today in many different sectors, from care to energy to insurance, across Europe. Commons, or institutions for collective action, however, go beyond just resource management but are governance regimes, which try to solve the social dilemma that emerges when a group of people is being formed. In order to make sure that members of the group act reciprocally, the members have to ensure that all group members get sufficient benefits out of the collective resources and make common rules and decisions. Such institutions are although often perceived today as revolutionary and socially innovative, very much alike the historical forms of institutions for collective action that we have seen developing in history.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Social Innovation
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781800373358
ISBN (Print)9781800373341
Publication statusPublished - 28 Oct 2023


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