Commons Bibliography

Markets and Commons

Alperovitz and Lew Daly, Unjust Deserts:  How the Rich Are Taking Our Common             Inheritance (New Press, 2008).

Barnes, Peter, Capitalism 3.0:  A Guide to Reclaiming the Commons (Berrett-Koehler, 2006).

Bollier, David, This Land Is Our Land:  The Fight to Reclaim the Commons [DVD] (Northampton, Massachusetts:  Media Education Foundation, 2010).

  -----, and Laurie Racine, Ready to Share:  Fashion and the Ownership of Creativity, with DVD (USC Annenberg School/Norman Lear Center, 2006)

De Angelis, Massimo, Omni Sunt Communia: On the Commons and the Transformation to Postcapitalism (Zed Books, 2017).

Frank, Robert, One Market Under God:  Extreme Capitalism, Market Populism and the End of Economic Democracy (New York:  Doubleday, 2000).

Fried, Barbara H. The Progressive Assault of Laissez Faire:  Robert Hale and the First Law and Economics Movement (Cambridge, MA:  Harvard University Press, 1998).

Hardt, Michael and Antonio Negri, Commonwealth (Harvard University Press, 2009).

Harvey, David, A Brief History of Neoliberalism (Oxford University Press, 2005).

Heller, Michael,The Gridlock Economy:  How Too Much Ownership Wrecks Markets, Stops Innovation and Costs Lives (Basic Books, 2008).

Fried, Barbara H., The Progressive Assault of Laissez Faire:  Robert Hale and the First Law and Economics Movement (Cambridge, Mass.:  Harvard University Press, 1998).

Kuttner, Robert, Everything For Sale:  The Virtues and Limits of Markets (Knopf, 1997).

Lane, Robert E., The Loss of Happiness in Market Democracies (New Haven, CT:  Yale University Press, 2000).

Nomini, Donald, editor, The Global Idea of ‘the Commons’ (New York, NY:  Berghahn Books, 2007).

Olson, Mancur, The Logic of Collective Action:  Public Goods and the Theory of Groups (Cambridge, MA:  Harvard University Press, 1965).

Patel, Raj, The Value of Nothing:  How to Reshape Market Society and Redefine Democracy   (New York, NY:  Picador, 2009).

Penalver, Eduardo Moises and Sonia K. Katyal, Property Outlaws:  How Squatters, Pirates and Protesters Improve the Law of Ownership (New Haven, Connecticut:  Yale University Press, 2010).

Radin, Margaret Jane, Contested Commodities (Cambridge, Mass.:  Harvard University Press, 1996).

Reid, Herbert and Betsy Taylor, Recovering the Commons:  Democracy, Place and Global Justice (Urbana, Illinois:  University of Illinois Press, 2010).

Rose, Carol M., Property and Persuasion:  Essays on the History, Theory and Rhetoric of Ownership (Boulder, Colo:  Westview Press, 1994).

Schroyer, Trent, Beyond Western Economics:  Remembering Other Economic Cultures (New York, NY:  Routledge, 2009).

Singer, Joseph William, Entitlement:  The Paradoxes of Property (Yale University Press, 2000).

Stevenson, Glenn, Common Property Economics (New York, NY:  Cambridge University Press, 1991).

Sulston, John and Georgina Ferry, The Common Thread:  A Story of Science, Politics, Ethics and the Human Genome (Washington, D.C.:  John Henry Press, 2002).

Wachtel, Paul L., The Poverty of Affluence:  A Psychological Portrait of the American Way of Life (Philadelphia, PA:  New Society Publishers, 1999).

Walljasper, Jay, All That We Share (New York, NY:  New Press, 2011).

Washburn, Jennifer, Univesity Inc:  The Corporate Corruption of Higher Education (New York, NY:  Basic Books, 2005).


The Social and Cultural Dynamics of Commons

Cahn, Edgar, and Jonathan Rowe, Time Dollars (Emmaus, Pa.:  Rodale Press, 1992).

Ecologist magazine, Whose Common Future?  Reclaiming the Commons (New Society Publishers, 1993).

Hardt, Michael and Antonio Negri, Commonwealth (Cambridge, Massachusetts:  Harvard University Press, 2009).

Hyde, Lewis, The Gift:  Imagination and the Erotic Life of Property (Vintage Books, 1979).

Kropotkin, Peter, Mutual Aid:  A Factor of Evolution (Boston:  Porter Sargent Publishers/ Extending Horizons Books, reprint of 1914 edition).

Linn, Karl, Building Commons and Community (Oakland, California:  New Village Press, 2007).

Mauss, Marcel, The Gift:  Forms and Functions of Exchange in Archaic Societies  (New York, Norton, 1967).

Shuman, Michael H., Going Local:  Creating Self-Reliant Communities in a Global Age(New York:  Routledge, 2000).


The Commons in History

Alexander, Gregory S. Commodity and Propriety:  Competing Visions of Property in American Legal Thought, 1776-1970 (Chicago:  University of Chicago Press, 1997).

Federici, Silvia,Caliban and the Witch:  Women, the Body and Primitive Accumulation (Brooklyn, NY:  Autonomedia, 2004).

Hill, Christopher, The World Turned Upside Down:  Radical Ideas During the English Revolution (Penguin, 1972).

Hyde, Lewis, Common as Air:  Revolution, Imagination and Ownership (Farrar Strauss, 2010).

Linebaugh, Peter,The Magna Carta Manifesto:  Liberties and Commons for All (University of California Press, 2008).

   -------- and Marcus Rediker, The Many-Headed Hydra:  The Hiddne History of the Revolutionary Atlantic (Verso, 2000).

Polanyi, Karl, The Great Transformation:  The Political and Economic Origins of Our Time (Boston:  Beacon Press, 1944, 1957).


Digital Commons

Aigrain, Philippe, Cause Commune:  L’information entre bien commun et propriete (Paris, France:  Fayard, 2005).

Benkler, Yochai, The Wealth of Networks:  How Social Production Transforms Markets and Freedom (Yale University Press, 2006).

   ------ , The Penguin and the Leviathan:  The Triumph of Cooperation Over Self-Interest (Crown Business, 2010).

Behan, Richard W., Plundered Promise:  Capitalism, Politics and the Fate of the Federal Lands (Washington, D.C.:  Island Press, 2001).

Bollier, David, Silent Theft:  The Private Plunder of Our Common Wealth (New York, NY:  Routledge, 2002).

  ------ , Brand Name Bullies:  The Quest to Own and Control Culture (John Wiley & Sons, 2005).

  ------ , Viral Spiral:  How the Commoners Built a Digital Republic of Their Own (New Press, 2009).

Boyle, James Boyle, James, Shamans, Software and Spleens:  Law and the Construction of the Information Society (Cambridge, Mass.:  Harvard University Press, 1996).

   ------ , editor, The Public Domain, a collection of essays from the Duke Conference on the Public Domain, November 2001, published in 66 Law and Contemporary Problems, vol. 1 and 2 (Winter/Spring 2003).

   ------ , The Public Domain:  Enclosing the Commons of the Mind (New Haven, Connecticut: Yale University Press, 2008).

Brown, Michael F., Who Owns Native Culture (Harvard University Press, 2003).

Coombe, Rosemary J., The Cultural Life of Intellectual Properties:  Authorship, Appropriation and the Law (Durham, NC:  Duke University Press, 1998).

Fisher, William W., III, Promises to Keep:  Technology, Law and the Future of Entertainment (Stanford, California:  Stanford University Press, 2004).

Ghosh, Rishab Aiyer, CODE:  Collaborative Ownership and the Digital Economy (MIT Press, 2005).

Hess, Charlotte, and Elinor Ostrom, editors, Understanding Knowledge as a Commons: From Theory to Practice (M.I.T. Press, 2007).

Klemens, Ben, Math You Can’t Use:  Patents, Copyright and Software (Washington, D.C.:  Brookings Institution Press, 2006).

Kranich, Nancy, The Information Commons:  A Public Policy Report (New York, NY:  Free Expression Project, Brennan Center for Justice, NYU School of Law, 2004).

Krikorian, Gaelle and Amy Kapczynski, Access to Knowledge in the Age of Intellectual Property (New York, NY:  Zone Books, 2010).

Lessig, Lawrence, The Future of Ideas:  The Fate of the Commons in a Connected World (Random House, 2001.)

    ------ ,  Free Culture:  How Big Media Uses Technology and the Law to Lock Down Culture  and Control Creativity (New York:  Penguin Press, 2004).

Litman, Jessica, Digital Copyright (Amherst, NY:  Prometheus, 2001).

McSherry, Corynne, Who Owns Academic Work?  Battling for Control over Intellectual Property (Cambridge, Massachusetts:  Harvard University Press, 2001).

Ostrom, Elinor and Charlotte Hess, Understanding Knowledge as a Commons:  From Theory  to Practice (Cambridge, Mass.:  MIT Press, 2007).

Patry, William,  Moral Panics and the Copyright Wars (Oxford, England:  Oxford University Press, 2009).

Patterson, L. Ray and Stanley W. Lindberg, The Nature of Copyright:  A Law of Users' Rights (Athens, GA:  University of Georgia Press, 1991).

Shulman, Seth, Owning the Future (Boston:  Houghton Mifflin, 1999).

Starr, Jerold M., Air Wars:  The Fight to Reclaim Public Broadcasting (Boston:  Beacon Press, 2000).

Vaidhyanathan, Copyrights and Copywrongs: The Rise of Intellectual Property and How It Threatens Creativity (New York, NY:  New York University Press, 2001).

von Hippel, Eric, Democratizing Innovation (Cambridge, Mass.:  MIT Press, 2006).

Washburn, Jennifer, University, Inc:  The Corporate Corruption of Higher Education (Basic Books, 2005).

Weber, Steven, The Success of Open Source (Harvard University Press, 2004).

Willinsky, John, The Access Principle:  The Case for Open Access to Research and Scholarship (Cambridge, Mass.:  MIT Press, 2006).


Natural Resource Commons

Barlow, Maude, Blue Gold:  The Global Water Crisis and the Commodification of the World’s Water [report], (San Francisco, Calif.:  International Forum on Globalization, 1999).

Barnes, Peter, Who Owns the Sky?  Our Common Assets and the Future of Capitalism (Washington, D.C.:  Island Press, 2001).

Buck, Susan J., The Global Commons:  An Introduction (Washington, D.C.:  Island Press, 1998).

Burger, Joanna, Elinor Ostrom et al., Protecting the Commons:  A Framework for Resource Management in the Americas (Washington, D.C.:  Island Press, 2001).

Cooper, Melinda, Life as Surplus:  Biotechnology and Capitalism in the Neoliberal Era (University of Washington Press, 2008).

Dolsak, Nives and Elinor Ostrom, The Commons in the New Millennium:  Challenges and Adaptations (Cambridge, Mass.:  MIT Press, 2003).

Donahue, Brian, Reclaiming the Commons:  Community Farms and Forests in a New England Town (New Haven, CT:  Yale University Press, 1999).

Ecologist magazine, Whose Common Future?  Reclaiming the Commons (Philadelphia, PA:  New Society Publishers, 1993).

Freyfogle, Eric T., The Land We Share:  Private Property and the Common Good (Island Press, 2003).

Hirt, Paul W., A Conspiracy of Optimism:  Management of the National Forests Since World War Two (Lincoln, NE:  University of Nebraska Press, 1994).

Linklater, Andro, Owning the Earth: The Transforming History of Land Ownership (Bloomsbury, 2013).

Mayer, Carl J. and George A. Riley, Public Domain, Private Dominion:  A History of Public Mineral Policy in America (San Francisco, CA:  Sierra Club Books, 1985).

McKay, Bonnie J., and James M. Acheson, The Question of the Commons:  The Culture and Ecology of Communal Resources (University of Arizona Press, 1987).

National Research Council, The Drama of the Commons:  Committee on the Human Dimensions of Global Change.  Elinor Ostrom, Thoma Dietz et al.  (Washington, D.C.:  National Academy Press, 2002.

Ostrom, Elinor, Governing the Commons:  The Evolution of Institutes for Collective Action (Cambridge University Press, 1990).

Power, Thomas Michael, Lost Landscapes and Failed Economies:  The Search for a Value of Place (Washington, D.C.:  Island Press, 1996).

Shiva, Vandana, Biopiracy:  The Plunder of Nature and Knowledge (Boston, Mass.:  South End Press, 1997).

Steinberg, Theodore, Slide Mountain, or the Folly of Owning Nature (Berkeley, CA:  University of California Press, 1995).

Waldby, Catherine and Robert Mitchell, Tissue Economies:  Blood, Ogans andf Cell Lines in Late Capitalism (Duke University Press, 2006).


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