Workshop 'Common People, Common Rules'




Thursday, 30 October 2014


10:00 - 11:00

Registration and welcome coffee



11:00 - 13:00

Presentation Project 'Common Rules' 


José-Miguel Lana Berasain (Public University of Navarre, Pamplona)

Tine De Moor (Utrecht University)

Angus Winchester (Lancaster University)

Miguel Laborda Pemán (Utrecht University)

René van Weeren (Utrecht University)



13:00 - 14:30




14:30 - 16:00

Session 1 - Historical Commons in Western Europe: A Nort-South Divide? (I)

Chair: Iñaki Iriarte Goñi (University of Zaragoza)


Miguel Laborda Pemán (Utrecht University), Vicente Cendrero Almodóvar (University of Castilla-La Mancha), and José-Miguel Lana Berasain (Public University of Navarre)

One Thousand Years of Cooperation. The Institutional Determinants of Resilient Common-Property Regimes (Navarra, Spain, 14th-20th Centuries)


Maïka de Keyzer (University of Antwerp)

A Society Built for Sustainable Management: The Campine Area, Belgium, 1400-1600



16:00 - 16:30

Coffee break



16:30 - 18:00

Session 2 - Historical Commons in Western Europe: A North-South Divide? (II)

Chair: Angus Winchester (Lancaster University)


Jesper Larsson (Swedish University of Agriculture Sciences)

The Development of Local Courts as an Arena for Solving Collective Action Problems (Scandinavia, 16th-19th Centuries)


Gerhard Siegl (University of Innsbruck)

The Functioning of Rural Commons Institutions in Tyrol, Austria: A Cautious Approach

20:00 - 22:00

Conference Dinner



Friday, 31 October 2014


09:00 - 10:30

Session 3 - Beyond the Countryside: Collective Action, Self-Governance, and Rules in Non-Rural Settings

Chair: Tine De Moor (Utrecht University)


Fernando Largo Jiménez (Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona)

Catalan Mutualism and Collective Action Problems. The Policies of the ‘Federación de Sociedades de Socorros Mutuos de Cataluña’, 1896-1936

Richard Yntema (Otterbein University)

Brewers, Inter-Firm Agreements and Collective Action in Amsterdam, 17th-18th Centuries



10:30 - 11:00

Coffee break



11:00 - 12:30

Session 4 -   Historical Commons in Western Europe: A North-South Divide? - Mediterranean Europe (Italy)

Chair: José-Miguel Lana Berasain (Public University of Navarre, Pamplona)


Giacomo Bonan (University of Bologna)

Between New Order and Old Customs: The Comunità Generale of Fiemme (Trentino, Italy) during the 19th Century


Giulio Ongaro (University of Verona)

The management of the commons between self-governed institutions and State intervention (Venice, Lombardy, Reign of Naples and Papal State, XVIth-XVIIth centuries)

12:30 - 14:00




14:00 - 15:30

Session 5 - Turbulent Commons: Reclamation, Change, and Failure in Spanish Commons during the 20th Century

Chair: Miguel Laborda Pemán (Utrecht University)


David Soto Fernández (Universidad Pablo Olavide, Sevilla)

Re-Inventing the Commons. Rules, Identity and Environment in the (In)sustainability of Galician Commons, Spain, from Franco's Regime onwards


Francisco Beltrán Tapia (Cambridge University), Iñaki Iriarte Goñi (University of Zaragoza), and José-Miguel Lana Berasain (Public University of Navarre, Pamplona)

Hope of Recovery: Struggles around Communal Property Rights in Spain, 1931-1936

 15:30  - 16:30