Managing Congestion

Brett M. Frischmann

in Infrastructure

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199895656
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199933280 | DOI:
Managing Congestion

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Chapters 5 and 6 assumed pure nonrivalry and infinite capacity for shared use. This assumption allowed us to focus on what nonrivalry enables and how commons management may be an attractive private or public strategy to leverage nonrivalry and encourage productive activities and spillovers. This chapter considers partially (non)rival infrastructure and congestion. In contrast with pure nonrivalrous resources, partially (non)rival resources generally have finite capacity and are potentially renewable, sharable, and congestible. Complicated trade-offs arise in managing the boundary between rivalrous and nonrivalrous consumption. The chapter considers these trade-offs. For partially (non)rival infrastructure, leveraging nonrivalry may depend on managing congestion (potential rivalry). Commons management often remains an attractive and viable option, but different institutional solutions to congestion problems must be compared and considered. In some settings, a commons management rule might need to be adapted to better manage the boundary between rivalrous and nonrivalrous consumption.

Keywords: partially (non)rival infrastructure; congestion management; common management; consumption

Chapter.  10412 words. 

Subjects: Environment and Energy Law

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