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Governing Access to Essential Resources$
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Katharina Pistor and Olivier De Schutter

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231172783

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231172783.001.0001

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Governing Boundaries

Governing Boundaries

Exclusion, Essential Resources, and Sustainability

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(p.67) Chapter 3 Governing Boundaries
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Governing Access to Essential Resources
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Edella Schlager

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Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231172783.003.0003

Schlager urges a broader conceptualization of essential resources that focuses not only on demand – access to and the allocation of scarce essential resources -- but also on supply. Potable water depends on lakes and watersheds, that is, on environmental infrastructures rather than human-made institutions. Ensuring the maintenance of this infrastructure is critical for the sustainability of essential resources. The tragedy of exclusion is actually a twin crisis of the failure to prevent over-usage of a common pool resource and to protect the supply of environmental services. Quantitative restrictions on resource extraction alone are insufficient for avoiding this twin crisis. Instead, a shift towards considering how many different usages and/or users shall be recognized and protected is required.

Keywords:   Exclusion, Sustainability, environmental services, recognition of use

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