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Tragedy of the Commons

Types of solutions

The tragedy of the commons seems like a classic no-win situation. But is it?

There are three main types of solutions proposed for the tragedy of the commons. We’ll discuss how each of them works, but here’s an overview:

1 Call to Conscience
(tell people what to do)
1 Coercion
(make people do it)
1 Privatization
(split up ownership and let people make their own decisions)