Paradoxical Conservation and the Tragedy of Multiple CommonsTulane Environmental Law (2009)
AbstractThe article is seminal in that it proposes a new twist on the "Tragedy of the Commons." The article does so by suggesting that contrary to our best intentions in preserving a portion of the commons, doing so may have the perverse result of enabling the exploitation of other resources. Stated another way, the premise of the article is the counter-intuitive and paradoxical notion that by conserving certain natural resources we are in effect enabling the consumption of potentially many more other natural resources.
- Paradoxical conservation,
- absolute limits,
- negative commons
Publication DateWinter January 7, 2009
Citation InformationJames L. Olmsted, "Paradoxical Conservation and the Tragedy of Multiple Commons," 22(1) Tulane Environmental Law 103 (2008)