The subprojects have been put together so that each addresses a specific aspect both of structural changes in property (with respect to subjects, objects and/or organisation) and of structural changes through property, i.e. in relation to property’s effects or changes in how it is embedded. Well-founded evaluations of the dynamics arising either from the expansion of property or from challenges to it will only be possible through the consolidation of the results from these different parts.
In planning the project, we have taken into account the structural diversity of property, and we have also paid attention to developments which are occurring beyond Europe and America, particularly those in South America, China and India, since alternatives to paradigms of private ownership cannot be understood purely in Western frameworks. The following sections explain our fundamental questions in greater detail.