Socialism and the Tragedy of the Commons: Reflections on Environmental Practice in the Soviet Union and Russia

  title={Socialism and the Tragedy of the Commons: Reflections on Environmental Practice in the Soviet Union and Russia},
  author={Natalia Mirovitskaya and Marvin S. Soroos},
  journal={The Journal of Environment \& Development},
  pages={110 - 77}
Socialism can be looked upon as a fourth potential strategy for avoiding Garrett Hardin's "tragedy of the commons." The other three are social pressure, regulations, and division of the resource into private sections. In theory, having a common resource used exclusively by a community, rather than by private parties, eliminates the personal profit motive, thereby opening up possibilities for more rational resource management. Exposés on the severe environmental degradation in the former Soviet… 
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