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Water: A Common Treasury

Malcolm, Rosalind and Clarke, Alison (2017) Water: A Common Treasury Proceedings of the British Academy.

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Abstract

In this Chapter we argue that, because of its unique physical qualities and its importance to life and the environment, water is what Gerard Winstanley in 1649 would have characterised as a common treasury – a resource to be used in common by all. We examine the notion of water as a common treasury, and the implications that this characterisation of water has for property rights in water. We argue that a property rights system centred on neo-liberal conceptions of absolute private ownership, allowing private dominion over water and its commodification, is inappropriate for water and subverts its role as a common treasury. To enable water to function effectively as a common treasury, we argue, a more appropriate property model is one that emphasises and facilitates collaboration and co-operation rather than competition — in other words, a property rights system which acknowledges and promotes communal property in its many forms.

Item Type: Article
Subjects : Law
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Law
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Malcolm, RosalindR.Malcolm@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Clarke, AlisonA.C.Clarke@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Date : 10 June 2017
Copyright Disclaimer : Copyright 2017 Oxford University Press
Uncontrolled Keywords : Water; Common treasury; property rights in water; commodification; communal property; collaboration and co-operation.
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Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 10 Mar 2017 09:17
Last Modified : 31 Oct 2017 19:11
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/813735

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