The Evolution of Resource Property Rights

Hardcover | March 7, 2008

byAnthony Scott

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This book traces the development of the standard property rights over five kinds of natural resource - inland rivers, ocean fisheries, petroleum resources, gold and base metals and forest resources - from classical times through to the 19th century. Completely private resources and those inthe public (or Crown) lands are given equal attention and a simple supply-and-demand model is used to explain how property rights are altered over time. Scott also provides the reader with a unique set of characteristics for defining rights and numerous case studies and examples of their evolution, highlighting the increasing recourse to common law courts and government legislation and the problems caused by competing demands on the same, limitedresources. This book provides a unique insight into the historical development of property rights and makes a special plea for the multiple-purpose and multi-owner management of resource rights. It will provide a valuable resource for those interested in resource management, economic history,property rights, and development.

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This book traces the development of the standard property rights over five kinds of natural resource - inland rivers, ocean fisheries, petroleum resources, gold and base metals and forest resources - from classical times through to the 19th century. Completely private resources and those inthe public (or Crown) lands are given equal at...

Anthony Scott was born and educated in Vancouver before moving on to Harvard University and the LSE for master's and doctoral degrees. After a period of research at Cambridge University and teaching at LSE, he joined the economics department at UBC and stayed until his retirement. During this period he served in Ottawa on Royal Comm...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:544 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.45 inPublished:March 7, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198286031

ISBN - 13:9780198286035

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Preface1. Concepts in Resource Property RightsPart I Rights over Water-based Resources2. Fugacious Resources and Common Property3. Rights over Flowing Water4. Rights over Fisheries and FishPart II Rights over Mineral Resources5. Mineral Disposal and Mining Rights to 18506. Free Mining from Medieval Europe to the Gold Rushes7. After the Gold Rush: Alluvial and Hard Rock Mining on Public Land in the New World8. Mineral Disposal and Mining Rights on Private Land9. Rights over Coal, Oil, and GasPart III Rights over Woods-based Resources10. Concepts of Forest Property Rights11. Forestry on Public Lands from Medieval to the Modern Era12. Forestry on Private Lands from the Medieval to the Modern EraBibliographyTable of legal cases