This analysis, Managing the Global Commons, with an Emphasis on Outer Space, has three parts:
* Part 1: Description of the Commons
* Part 2: Methods of Management
* Part 3: The Case of Outer Space
A copy of the full analysis can be downloaded by clicking on the link at the bottom of this blog entry.
Part 1: Description of The Commons
Definition of The Commons
Wikipedia defines the commons as
…[T]he cultural and natural resources accessible to all members of a society, including natural materials such as air, water, and a habitable earth. These resources are held in common, not owned privately.
And it defines global commons as (emphasis mine)
…[I]nternational, supranational, and global resource domains in which common-pool resources are found. Global commons include the earth's shared natural resources, such as the deep oceans, the atmosphere, outer space and the Northern and Southern polar regions, the Antarctic in particular. Cyberspace may also meet the definition of a global commons.