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Professor Dolšak has co-edited two volumes.
(1) The Drama of the Commons
The first volume, “The Drama of the Commons”, was published under the aegis of the National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council’s Committee on Human Dimensions of Global Change. The co-editors are: Professor Elinor Ostrom (Indiana University, Bloomington), Professor Thomas Dietz (George Mason University), Nives Dolšak (University of Washington, Bothell), Dr. Paul Stern (National Research Council), Professor Susan Stonich (University of California at Santa Barbara), and Professor Elke Weber (Columbia University).
This interdisciplinary volume reviews theoretical advancements in the study of common pool resources that have been made in the last 15 years. The volume is intended to provide a fairly broad introduction to the field for readers unfamiliar with it and provocative research suggestions for researchers. The first section of the book reviews the lessons policy makers and researchers have drawn in the last 15 years. This research draws on case studies, multivariate data analysis, controlled experimentation, and formal modeling to examine factors affecting sustenance of common property arrangements, in particular common property regimes and individual tradable permits. The second section of the book examines emerging issues in the commons research, such as dynamic effects of institutional emergence and sustenance and multiple-level institutional arrangements, linkages across these levels, and scalability of the lessons from one to another level.
(2) The Commons in the New Millennium: Challenges and Adaptation
The second volume,“The Commons in the New Millennium: Challenges and Adaptation”, co-edited with Professor Elinor Ostrom, the MIT Press, analyzes new challenges that owners, managers, policy makers, and analysts face in managing natural commons, such as forests, water resources, and fisheries. In particular, it examines challenges in managing commons, caused by new findings about physical characteristics of the commons, their complexity and interconnectedness, new institutional arrangements both at micro (privatization) and macro level (economic and political changes in countries and regions), and the role of financial, social, and political capital in the commons governance. Practical applications of the raised are discussed in light of empirical analyses of various commons and suggestions for sustainable governance are presented. This volume draws on selected papers presented at the 8th Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of Common Property (IASCP), held in Bloomington, Indiana, May 31-June 4, 2000. This conference was co-chaired by Elinor Ostrom and Nives Dolšak. This project is sponsored by the Ford Foundation and by the Center for the Study of Institutions, Population, and Environmental Change, Indiana University, Bloomington.
Professor Dolšak’s other research includes a study of factors affecting countries’ decision to cooperate in international regimes, in particular the Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Kyoto protocol, an examination of interlinkages between local and global air pollution caused by electricity generation, potentials for increasing energy efficiency in the east European countries in transition and in the U.S.A.