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Majoritarian Management of the Commons

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  • Buchanan, James M
  • Yoon, Yong J

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This article analyzes usage of a common property resource, "the commons," under collectivization as compared with more familiar privatization institutional arrangements. Particular emphasis is on majority decision rules. When separate majority coalitions may authorize simultaneous usage of a common resource, total value is dissipated, but the interdependencies introduced by possible membership in differing coalitions to an extent reduce the incentives for exploitation. The formal analysis is analogous to that familiar in Cournot-Nash duopoly-oligopoly models but with differing efficiency implications. The argument has relevance for differential-benefit public spending from general tax sources, as well as other applications. Copyright 2001 by Oxford University Press.

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  • Buchanan, James M & Yoon, Yong J, 2001. "Majoritarian Management of the Commons," Economic Inquiry, Western Economic Association International, vol. 39(3), pages 396-405, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:ecinqu:v:39:y:2001:i:3:p:396-405
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    1. Buchanan, James M. & Yoon, Yong J., 2004. "Majoritarian exploitation of the fiscal commons: general taxes-differential transfers," European Journal of Political Economy, Elsevier, vol. 20(1), pages 73-90, March.
    2. Dean Tjosvold & Ann Peng & Yi Chen & Fang Su, 2008. "Business and government interdependence in China: Cooperative goals to develop industries and the marketplace," Asia Pacific Journal of Management, Springer, vol. 25(2), pages 225-249, June.

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