Encyclopedia of Law and Economics

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Commons, Anticommons, and Semicommons

  • Enrico BertacchiniEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-7753-2_532


The notions of commons, anticommons, and semicommons are presented here to highlight their connections concerning how forms of ownership beyond the classical boundaries of private property affect the management of resources. While the three concepts have been presented as expressing specific dilemmas for the management of the resources or distinct property regimes, they may be seen as components of a unified interpretative framework which recognizes resources as collection of multiple attributes and addresses the complexity of mixed property regimes by studying the interaction of common and private uses.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Economics and Statistics “Cognetti de Martiis”University of TorinoTorinoItaly