Who owns natural resources in the United States and Canada?
Marchak, M. Patricia
Land Tenure Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison
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Property rights are social definitions; they exist as long as the society is willing to enforce them. If enforcement is missing, they cease to exist. The reasons for changes might be market conditions, popular sentiments, scientific knowledge, new technologies, lobbying, or legal battles. Biotechnologies are already having profound effects on how we organize property rights for natural resources. Resource rights change as our understandings and sentiments change. This paper presents a general overview of property rights in natural resources, with particular reference to water and land and emphasizing that rights are what a society is willing to grant and enforce. If companies, individuals, groups, or the state are not managing and stewarding resources in sustainable ways, their authority should be challenged. Rights are social inventions, and society can abrogate them.
Right of property Canada
Right of property United States
Natural resources Canada Management
Natural resources United States Management
Natural resources Social aspects North America
Tenure systems North America