The Political Economy of Customs and Culture:

Informal Solutions to the Commons Problems

The Political Economy of Customs and Culture:
Informal Solutions to the Commons Problems

Terry L. Anderson and Randy T. Simmons, Editors

Informal customs and traditions can serve as alternatives to private property rights, preventing the "tragedy of the commons" - overuse of resources. The book presents both theory and empirical evidence, with many examples of informal controls. These include customs surrounding lobster fisheries in Maine; grazing in the Swiss Alps, Iceland, and Kenya; and trapping and hunting by Cree Indians in Quebec.

Terry L. Anderson is the executive director of PERC and a professor of economics at Montana State University. Randy T. Simmons is a PERC senior associate, director of the Institute of Political Economy and head of the department of political science at Utah State University.

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
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1993; 189 pp.

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Terry Anderson is president of PERC and the John and Jean De Nault Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He believes that market approaches can be both economically sound and environmentally sensitive. His research helped launch the idea of free market environmentalism and has prompted public debate over the proper role of...
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Randy T. Simmons is a political scientist who emphasizes the importance of economic reasoning to better understand public policy. He believes the study of politics cannot be separated from the study of markets. Simmons uses this framework to evaluate environmental and natural resource policies. The real challenge of the social process, as he sees...
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