Astro‐Environmentalism: Towards a Polycentric Governance of Space Debris

  title={Astro‐Environmentalism: Towards a Polycentric Governance of Space Debris},
  author={Jean‐Fr{\'e}d{\'e}ric Morin and Benjamin H. Richard},
  journal={Global Policy},
The Earth’s orbital space is increasingly threatened by debris. It is frequently described as a common-pool resource vulnerable to a ‘tragedy of the commons’ scenario. Scholars have suggested ambitious policy proposals to tackle the tragedy of space debris and assure the sustainability of the Earth’s orbits. Their proposals can be classified into three categories: hierarchical regulations, economic incentives and property rights. All three categories require some form of central coordination… 
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