Final considerations

After having set the historical rise and decay of the commons, in this chapter, we have acknowledged that there is a current rebirth of the commons that has resulted in a myriad of new types of commons. These so-called new commons, in turn, pose endless interpretations of the concept of the commons to the point that almost everything can be conceptualised as a common. As a result, and as we have been arguing during the last part of this chapter, the attempts to define the commons become cumbersome and either too narrow or too general. However, we can sketch three ways of approaching the commons in current literature: the three conceptions that are thoroughly explained in next chapter.