What is a Tragedy of the Commons? Overfishing and the Campaign Spending Problem

  title={What is a Tragedy of the Commons? Overfishing and the Campaign Spending Problem},
  author={Shi-Ling Hsu},
  journal={Law \& Society eJournal},
  • Shi-Ling Hsu
  • Published 21 February 2005
  • Economics
  • Law & Society eJournal
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