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Contested Common Land: Environmental Governance Past and Present

Lookup NU author(s): Emeritus Professor Christopher Rodgers, Margherita Pieraccini


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Contested Common Land brings together historical and contemporary legal scholarship to examine the environmental governance of common land from c.1600 to the present day. It uses four case studies to illustrate the challenges presented by the sustainable management of common property from an interdisciplinary perspective - from the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales, North Norfolk coast and the Cambrian Mountains. These demonstrate that cultural assumptions concerning the value of common land have changed across the centuries, with profound consequences for the law, land management, the legal expression of concepts of common 'property' rights and their exercise. The 'stakeholders' of today are the inheritors of this complex cultural legacy, and must negotiate diverse and sometimes conflicting objectives in their pursuit of a potentially unifying goal: a secure and sustainable future for the commons. The book also has considerable contemporary relevance. It provides a timely contribution to discussion of strategies for the implementation of the Commons Act of 2006. The 2006 Act introduced a new legal framework for the governance of common land by self-regulating commons councils. The case studies set this within the wider context of institutional scholarship on the governance principles for successful common pool resource management, and the rejection of the 'tragedy of the commons'.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Rodgers CP, Winchester AJL, Straughton E, Pieraccini M

Publication type: Authored Book

Publication status: Published

Year: 2011

Number of Pages: 227

Publisher: Earthscan

Place Published: London and Washington DC

Library holdings: Search Newcastle University Library for this item

ISBN: 9781849710947