From Tragedy to Survival: – The Journey of Polycentric Governance

Celebrating 50sof The Theory of COMMONS

SEAM 2018, Bratislava September 21-22, 2018  


Friday September 21, 16.20-18.00, room 18/4th floor

In the Memory of Lin Ostrom (1933 – 2012)

Fifty years after introducing the Tragedy of the Commons by G. Hardin in journal Science it is essentially understood that unlimited use of resources does seriously dis-harm natural resources and property rights itself are not a strategy for success to overcome open access.  Thus freedom of commons is guaranteed by clearly designed boundaries and rules.

                                                             “Complexity is not the same as chaos”she said in Stockholm after being awarded Nobel prize in 2009.


Promises and Pitfalls of Polycentric Governance in Addressing Contemporary Complex Environmental Challenges“.


Director – ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics & Policy,

University of Leeds UK.

Jouni Paavola, professor of Environmental Social Sciences.His research examines environmental governance with a focus on climate change and biodiversity. Currently he lead research on enabling rapid transitions in mitigation and adaptation. Publishing in Science, Ecology and Society, Ecological Economics and Energy Policy, co-edited books published by Blackwell, MIT Press and Routledge (HI-30).

– The Journey of Polycentric Governance

Polycentric governanceis designed to capture cross-sector collaboration among multiple levels of governance, while adopting as dynamic, complex-systems perspective to address global challenges in particularclimate change and biodiversity loss. Governance arrangements in polycentric systems are self-organized by multiple governing authorities operating at differing scales. Nested in several levels of general-purpose governments or specific purpose governance, each unit exercises considerable independence in making and enforcing rules within a circumscribed scope of authority for a specified geographical area. There have been numerous studies to develop polycentric governance as an analytical concept (McGinnis 1999, 2005, 2016, Ostrom 2010, 2012, Pahl-Wostl and Knieper, 2014 and others) but far less attention has been given to operationalisation in the context of changing governance practices. Session  explores how commons have been approaching dilemma of resource use under the growing global pressureWhat is the way forward? How do we address complexity in a global arena?


Co-Ordination Problems in Polycentric Governance

Tatiana Kluvankova,Susan Baker, Veronika Gezik, CETIP Network, CE Spectra:

Cross-border Governance – Polycentricity in Practice?

Spacek and M. Husar, CETIP Network, CE Spectra

Polycentricity to Enhance Social Innovation in Marginalised Rural Regions

Brnkalakova,  S,. Kluvanková T, Gezik, Baštáková, V. Szabo, T., SPECTRA, CETIP Network.

From restitution to revival: A case of commons re-establishment and restitution in Slovenia

Andrej Udovč,Tine Premrl, Janez Krč and Nevenka Bogataj

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