Schlüter, Achim, Bavinck, Maarten, Hadjimichael, Maira, Ertör, Irmak, Partelow, Stefan and Said, Alicia (In Press / Accepted) Broadening the perspective on ocean privatisation. Ecology and Society .

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Privatization of the ocean, in the sense of defining more exclusive property rights, is taking place in increasingly diverse ways. Due to more intensive and diversified use patterns and increasing sustainability challenges, it is likely that this process will continue into the future. This paper argues that the nature of privatization varies from one oceanic domain to another. We differentiate four ideal-typical domains, labelled – resources, space, governance control and knowledge – and nine criteria for the assessment of privatization. We apply those criteria to a selection of examples from the realm of marine life (from micro-organisms to fish), with the purpose of highlighting similarities and differences and establishing foundations for broader analysis. The paper aims hereby to develop the groundwork for a balanced, interdisciplinary perspective on ocean privatization. Our analysis demonstrates that privatization has multiple dimensions and cannot be condemned or embraced in its entirety. Instead it requires more nuanced assessment and deliberation.

Document Type: Article
Programme Area (enter as: PA1/PA2/PA3/PA4/PA5): PA1
Research affiliation: Social Sciences > Institutional & Behavioural Economics
Affiliations > Not ZMT
Refereed: Yes
Open Access Journal?: Yes
ISSN: 1708-3087
Date Deposited: 20 Aug 2020 19:13
Last Modified: 19 Nov 2020 15:41

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