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Digital Library of the Commons

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The Digital Library of the Commons (DLC) is a gateway to the international literature on the commons. This site contains an author-submission portal; an archive of full-text articles, papers, and dissertations; the Comprehensive Bibliography of the Commons; a Keyword Thesaurus, and links to relevant reference sources on the study of the commons. Research on commons usually focuses on some aspect of the relation between the physical resource and human institutions designed in the use and maintenance of that resource.Focus areas are diverse and multi-disciplinary, including: adaptive systems, efficiency, environmental policy, equity, experimental economics, free riding, game theory, gender, institutional design principles, new institutional economics, participatory management systems, property rights regimes, resilience, regulation, sustainability, etc.

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IUB Library Subjects:
  • Informatics
  • Environmental Science
  • European Studies
  • Slavic and East European Studies
  • Library and Information Science
  • Global Studies
  • Latin American and Caribbean Studies
  • Economics
  • Public Administration
  • Political Science
  • American Studies
  • History
  • Geography
  • African Studies

Library of Congress Subjects:

Natural resources, Communal.
Intellectual property.
Right of property.
Sustainable development.
Community organization.
Institutional economics.
Indigenous peoples.
Social action.