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Understanding Institutional Diversity
Elinor Ostronr s Understanding Institutional Diversity draws an analogy between genetic rules of biological organisms and social rules of communities of humans. Just as natural scientists accumulated
A General Framework for Analyzing Sustainability of Social-Ecological Systems
  • E. Ostrom
  • Computer Science
  • 24 July 2009
A general framework is used to identify 10 subsystem variables that affect the likelihood of self-organization in efforts to achieve a sustainable SES.
Governing the Commons: The Evolution of Institutions for Collective Action
The governance of natural resources used by many individuals in common is an issue of increasing concern to policy analysts. Both state control and privatisation of resources have been advocated, but
A diagnostic approach for going beyond panaceas
  • E. Ostrom
  • Computer Science
    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
  • 25 September 2007
The articles in this special feature challenge the presumption that scholars can make simple, predictive models of social–ecological systems (SESs) and deduce universal solutions, panaceas, to
Rules, Games, and Common-Pool Resources
While the tragedy of the commons is real, there are many instances where institutions develop to protect against overexploitation. In this important work, the authors explore empirically,
The Struggle to Govern the Commons
Promising strategies for addressing critical problems of the environment include dialogue among interested parties, officials, and scientists; complex, redundant, and layered institutions; a mix of institutional types; and designs that facilitate experimentation, learning, and change.
Beyond Markets and States: Polycentric Governance of Complex Economic Systems
  • E. Ostrom
  • Economics
    American Economic Review
  • 1 June 2010
Elinor Ostrom delivered her Prize Lecture on 8 December 2009 at Aula Magna, Stockholm University. She was introduced by Professor Bertil Holmlund, Chairman of the Economic Sciences Prize Committee.
A Behavioral Approach to the Rational Choice Theory of Collective Action: Presidential Address, American Political Science Association, 1997
Extensive empirical evidence and theoretical developments in multiple disciplines stimulate the need to expand the range of rational choice models to be used as a foundation for the study of social