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Too Much of a Good Thing? A Governing Knowledge Commons Review of Abundance in Context

Madison, Michael J. and Frischmann, Brett M. and Sanfilippo, Madelyn R. and Strandburg, Katherine J. (2022) Too Much of a Good Thing? A Governing Knowledge Commons Review of Abundance in Context. Frontiers in Research Metrics and Analytics, 7 (959505).

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The economics of abundance, along with the sociology of abundance, the law of abundance, and so forth, should be re-framed, linked, and situated in a common context for empirical rather than conceptual research. Abundance may seem to be a new, big thing, between anxiety over information overload, Big Data, and related technological disruptions. But scholars know that abundance is an ancient phenomenon, which only seemed to disappear as twentieth century social science focused on scarcity instead. Restoring the study of abundance, and figuring out how to solve the problems that abundance might create, means shedding disciplinary blinders and going back to basics. How does abundance, in various forms, create or alleviate social problems? We explain and illustrate how the Governing Knowledge Commons (GKC) framework provides a useful research tool to generate and test hypotheses about abundance in various economic, social, cultural, and legal settings.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Madison, Michael J.madison@pitt.edu0000-0001-6503-754X
Frischmann, Brett M.brett.frischmann@law.villanova.edu0000-0002-7425-8931
Sanfilippo, Madelyn R.madelyns@illinois.edu0000-0002-7705-6753
Strandburg, Katherine
Date: 13 July 2022
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Frontiers in Research Metrics and Analytics
Volume: 7
Number: 959505
Publisher: Frontiers Media S.A.
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.3389/frma.2022.959505
Schools and Programs: School of Law > Law
School of Law > Law > Faculty Publications
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: abundance, scarcity, knowledge commons, social dilemmas, institutional analysis, information, data
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Article Type: Research Article
Date Deposited: 15 Jul 2022 20:09
Last Modified: 15 Jul 2022 20:09


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