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National Parks Rights and the Common Good
978-0-8476-8977-4 • Hardback
March 1998 • $90.00 • (£57.95)
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978-0-8476-8978-1 • Paperback
March 1998 • $31.95 • (£19.95)
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Pages: 160
Size: 6 1/4 x 9 1/4
By Francis N. Lovett and Amitai Etzioni
Series: Rights & Responsibilities
 
Social Science | Sociology / Rural
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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.
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


 
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