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Political Theory and Global Climate Change$
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Steve Vanderheiden

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780262220842

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262220842.001.0001

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Allocating the Global Commons: Theory and Practice

Allocating the Global Commons: Theory and Practice

(p.3) 1 Allocating the Global Commons: Theory and Practice
Political Theory and Global Climate Change

Leigh Raymond

The MIT Press

This chapter examines arguments for the allocation of the global atmospheric commons (natural resources that remain beyond the control or ownership of any individual, corporation, or nation) commonly made in normative debates about global policy responses to climate change. First, it reviews prominent normative arguments for allocating rights to emit greenhouse gases. It then reviews allocations of portions of the global commons, including rights to the Antarctic continent, rights to ocean fishing and minerals, and rights to objects in outer space. The chapter then considers a wider range of normative principles in evidence in national allocation plans (NAPs) for GHG emissions. Finally, the chapter presents conclusions about the viability of various allocation principles and raises a few important questions for future research.

Keywords:   global policy, climate change, greenhouse gases, global commons, ocean fishing, minerals, outer space, national allocation plans

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