Managing the urban commons: the relative influence of individual and social incentives on the treatment of public space.

@article{OBrien2012ManagingTU,
  title={Managing the urban commons: the relative influence of individual and social incentives on the treatment of public space.},
  author={D. T. O'Brien},
  journal={Human nature},
  year={2012},
  volume={23 4},
  pages={467-89}
}
All communities have common resources that are vulnerable to selfish motives. The current paper explores this challenge in the specific case of the urban commons, defined as the public spaces and scenery of city neighborhoods. A theoretical model differentiates between individual incentives and social incentives for caring for the commons. The quality of a commons is defined as the level of physical (e.g., loose garbage) and social (e.g., public disturbances) disorder. A first study compared… CONTINUE READING