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Defining Infrastructure and Commons Management

Brett M. Frischmann

in Infrastructure

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199895656
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199933280 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199895656.003.0002
Defining Infrastructure and Commons Management

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Infrastructure and commons are not typically thought to be related to one another. Both concepts have rich histories and varied meaning, and both involve complex phenomena that are the subject of study in various disciplines, including engineering, economics, political science, and law. There is no separate field of infrastructure study or commons study, and there are no settled universal theories or even definitions of infrastructure or commons. This chapter develops the foundation for bringing the concepts together. After a brief introduction to the modern conception of infrastructure and its traditional roots in large-scale, human-made physical resource systems, it discusses a few observations about traditional infrastructure resources, including the important observation that traditional infrastructures are generally “managed as commons”.

Keywords: infrastructure resources; commons; physical resource systems; infrastructure study

Chapter.  3426 words. 

Subjects: Environment and Energy Law

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