Tragedy of the Commons Theory: Definition & Examples


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The theory of the tragedy of the commons was published by:

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1. Which of the following is NOT considered a 'common' resource?

2. Why is Hardin's theory sometimes criticized?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The tragedy of the commons theory is an idea that has a great deal of significance on issues affecting us today. You can learn about the tragedy of the commons theory by going over the questions in this assessment. The questions will test you on points found in the attached lesson, such as who put forth the theory and what it entails.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet will test you on:

  • The originator of the theory
  • Examples of common resources
  • Criticisms of the theory
  • What the theory entails
  • The theory's relationship to privatization

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - make sure that you can recall some of the main points on the tragedy of the commons theory found in the lesson attached to this assessment
  • Reading comprehension - test your understanding of the specifics of the theory and arguments it puts forth as possible solutions
  • Knowledge application - use your understanding of the tragedy of the commons theory to identify some of the key aspects of the theory and its author

Additional Learning

Go over even more information on this theory by taking a look at the attached lesson called Tragedy of the Commons Theory: Definition & Examples. This lesson covers the following topics:

  • Background to the theory
  • The principles of the theory
  • Examples from the real world
  • Criticism of the theory