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The Evolution of Resource Property Rights

Anthony Scott


This book reacts to an economic literature which relies on theory to explain property rights. To correct this truistic approach the book traces the actual evolution by examining when, where, and how particular rights have acquired one or more of six characteristics. Coverage begins, for most resources, with rights acquired in the Norman Conquest, and examines their evolution in England and the US, as well as Canada and Australia. It is emphasized that it was the accumulation of these characteristics that made property rights more ‘complete’. The book is divided into four main parts. Each part ... More

Keywords: divisibility, exclusivity, fisherman quotas, mineral rights, Magna Carta, licensing, petroleum rights, riparian rights, forests, duration

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780198286035
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198286035.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anthony Scott, author
Professor Emeritus, University of British Columbia