Too Much of a Good Thing? A Governing Knowledge Commons Review of Abundance in Context

Michael J. Madison, Brett M. Frischmann, Madelyn R. Sanfilippo, Katherine J. Strandburg

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The economics of abundance, along with the sociology of abundance, the law of abundance, and so forth, should be re-framed, linked, and situated in a common context for empirical rather than conceptual research. Abundance may seem to be a new, big thing, between anxiety over information overload, Big Data, and related technological disruptions. But scholars know that abundance is an ancient phenomenon, which only seemed to disappear as twentieth century social science focused on scarcity instead. Restoring the study of abundance, and figuring out how to solve the problems that abundance might create, means shedding disciplinary blinders and going back to basics. How does abundance, in various forms, create or alleviate social problems? We explain and illustrate how the Governing Knowledge Commons (GKC) framework provides a useful research tool to generate and test hypotheses about abundance in various economic, social, cultural, and legal settings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number959505
JournalFrontiers in Research Metrics and Analytics
StatePublished - 2022


  • abundance
  • data
  • information
  • institutional analysis
  • knowledge commons
  • scarcity
  • social dilemmas

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Library and Information Sciences


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