Tragedy of the Commons; Commons Governance; Misconception; Sustainability; Undergraduate Education.

Tragedy of the Commons as Conventional Wisdom in Sustainability Education

Monday, January 7, 2019

More than 50 years ago biologist Garrett Hardin published his influential essay "The Tragedy of the Commons." In this essay, Hardin argued that in situations where people share resources, external intervention via governmental regulations or privatization of the resource is needed to avoid resource overexploitation. While the article is considered by many resource governance scholars as misleading and incomplete, it is one of the most assigned articles in environmental education.