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Fish on the range: : the perils of crossing conceptual boundaries in natural resource policy


  • Macinko, Seth
  • Raymond, Leigh


This paper examines the recurring theme that fisheries management ought to emulate the institutional arrangements governing other natural resources, such as public rangelands. Overly facile comparisons between fisheries and range have been based on a misguided vision of range policy and an obsession with the structure of property rights. The result has been a condition of "structural narcosis" that obscures obvious but important differences between range and fisheries and obstructs more productive and sophisticated attempts at comparative inquiry. This paper provides a more detailed contrast between past range and current fisheries policy in the United States, in pursuit of more realistic lessons for policy makers. Range management, the paper concludes, is evolving in directions that are instructive for fisheries, but the crossing of conceptual boundaries between these two resources must be undertaken with care and greater attention to detail.

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  • Macinko, Seth & Raymond, Leigh, 2001. "Fish on the range: : the perils of crossing conceptual boundaries in natural resource policy," Marine Policy, Elsevier, vol. 25(2), pages 123-131, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:marpol:v:25:y:2001:i:2:p:123-131

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    1. Lawrence J. White, 2006. "The Fishery as a Watery Commons: Lessons from the Experiences of Other Public Policy Areas for US Fisheries Policy," Working Papers 06-18, New York University, Leonard N. Stern School of Business, Department of Economics.


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