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Table of Contents:

1. The Drama of the Commons
2. Common Resources and Institutional Sustainability
3. Unequal Irrigators: Heterogeneity and Commons Management in Large Scale Multivariate Research
4. Factors Influencing Cooperation in Commons Dilemmas: A Review of Experimental Psychological Research
5. Appropriating the Commons: A Theoretical Explanation
6. The Tradable Permits Approach to Protecting the Commons: What Have We Learned?
7. Common Property, Regulatory Property, and Environmental Protection: Comparing Community-Based Management to Tradable Environmental Allowances
8. Institutional Interplay: The Environmental Consequences of Cross-Scale Interactions
8. Cross-Scale Institutional Linkages: Perspectives from the Bottom Up
9. Scientific Uncertainty, Complex Systems, and the Design of Commmon-Pool Institutions
10. Emergence of Institutions for the Commons: Contexts, Situations, and Events
11. An Evolutionary Theory of Commons Management
12. Knowledge and Questions After 15 Years of Research