The major topic of this chapter is the interaction of theoretical traditions in the social science study of common-pool resources (or the commons). One specific contribution to the more general philosophical debate on the growth of science will function as a background to an examination of the study of the commons as a field of theoretical and empirical investigation. In the first section, an introduction is given to Lakatos’s theory of scientific research programmes as a means of understanding and encouraging scientific progress. Then an account is given of two groups of leading theoretical perspectives in the study of common-pool resources, the tragedy of the commons and related models on the one hand, and theories of cooperative action on the other. In the concluding section, these two perspectives are treated as research programmes and evaluated according to Lakatos’s standards; it is discussed to what extent they have proven successful according to his criteria for progressive science and in furthering a general growth of scientific knowledge in the field.
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- The Interaction of Research Programmes in Social Science Studies of the Commons
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