Equity in International Agreements

  • Richard Stewart
Part of the Environmental Science Research book series (ESRH, volume 45)


The atmosphere is the classic global commons. What we are learning from science is a variation of Garrett Hardin’s famous essay on the commons. He took as his example a group of herdsmen whose cattle were grazing on the commons. The incentive of each herdsman is to increase his herd. The commons is overused. Each herdsman realizes this consequence, but has no way of preventing others from gobbling it up. So the incentive of each is to use up the resource as fast as possible before it is gobbled up by others.


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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard Stewart
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  1. 1.Georgetown University Law CenterUSA

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