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National Parks

Rights and the Common Good

Francis N. Lovett and Amitai Etzioni

In this book, Francis Lovett examines public parks, especially those administered by the National Park Service, from a communitarian perspective. The author views the parks as an example of a common good_something which is valued for its service to a community or society at large, and not merely for the benefits it brings to individuals or sub-groups. In all public spaces, such as parks, there arise issues regarding the proper balance between individual and sub-group rights and interests on the one hand, and the needs and value of community on the other. Lovett explores these issues in light of the communitarian idea of a common good, and suggests guidelines for the resolutions of these public policy problems. With an extensive introduction by Amitai Etzioni, founder of the Communitarian Network. « less more »
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Pages: 160Size: 6 1/4 x 9 1/4
978-0-8476-8977-4 • Hardback • March 1998 • $104.00 • (£70.00)
978-0-8476-8978-1 • Paperback • March 1998 • $37.00 • (£24.95)
Francis N. Lovett is a researcher at the Institute for Communitarian Policy Studies at The George Washington University, and is studying in a JD/PhD program at Columbia University.
In this concise report [Lovett] explores the question of how to balance individual and subgroup rights in the parks with the needs and values of the community at large. . . . Very straight-forward and concise, and considers a wide range of conflicts that may arise.
Laura Watt, Dept. of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management University of California at Berkeley; H-Net: Humanities and Social Science Reviews Online