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IASC Members Tobias Haller and Tine De Moor co-edit a new volume “The Commons in a Glocal World” (Update)

This volume focuses on how, in Europe, the debate on the commons is discussed in regard to historical and contemporary dimensions, critically referencing the works of Elinor Ostrom. It also explores from the perspective of new institutional political ecology (NIPE) how Europe directly and indirectly affected and affects the commons globally.


Most of the research on the management of commons pool resources is limited to dealing with one of two topics: either the interaction between local participatory governance and development of institutions for commons management, or a political- economy approach that focuses on global change as it is related to the increasingly globalised expansion of capitalist modes of production, consumption and societal reproduction. This volume bridges the two, addressing how global players affect the commons worldwide and how they relate to responses emerging from within the commons in a global- local (glocal) world.

Globalized Capitalism

Authors from a range of academic disciplines present research findings on recent developments on the commons, including: historical insights; new innovations for participatory institutions building in Europe or several types of commons grabbing, especially in Africa related to European investments; and restrictions on the management of commons at the international level. European case studies are included, providing interesting examples of local participation in commons resource management, while simultaneously showing Europe as a centre for globalized capitalism and its norms and values, affecting the rest of the world, particularly developing countries.

Haller, T., Breu, T., De Moor, T., Rohr, C., Znoj, H. (2019). The Commons in a Glocal World. Global Connections and Local Responses. Oxon: Routledge. ISBN: 978-0-36772-963-9 (print), 978-1-35105-098-2 (online). 

Update: The edited volume is now available also as paperback (a lot more affordable!). 

Read more about this publication and information about how to get a discount here.


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