About this episode

The ownership of goods, including both material objects and immaterial goods such as intellectual property, is defined by property regimes. Property regimes are sets of rules that define ownership. They determine who can own goods, legitimate ways of acquiring and using them, and duties associated with owning them. Two important categories of property regimes are private property and common property regimes. Private property regimes focus on ownership by a single person or entity, while common property regimes involve ownership by several people or entities. Nina Gmeiner and her colleagues from the research project RightSeeds explored the recent emergence of a class of property regimes known as progressive commons. More

Original Article Reference

Summary of the paper, ‘New Values for New Challenges: The Emergence of Progressive Commons as a Property Regime for the 21st Century,’ in Ethics, Policy & Environment,

This research is part of the research project ‘RightSeeds – Common-based rights on seeds and seed varieties for a social-ecological transformation of plant cultivation’, funded by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) under grant 01UU1602A as part of the program ‘Research for sustainable development’ (FONA).


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