Abstract

http://ssrn.com/abstract=1314407
 


 



The Evolution of Institutions: Toward a New Methodology


Elinor Ostrom


Indiana University Bloomington - School of Public & Environmental Affairs (SPEA); Indiana University Bloomington - Department of Political Science

Xavier Basurto


Duke Marine Lab, Nicholas School of the Environment; Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, Indiana University

2009

Presented at the Robert Schumann Center, European University Institute, Florence, Italy, May 8-9, 2009

Abstract:     
Most powerful social science analytical tools are well suited for studying static situations. Static and mechanistic analysis however, is not adequate to understand the changing world in which we live. In order to adequately address the most pressing social and environmental challenges looming ahead, we need to develop analytical tools for analyzing dynamic situations - particularly institutional change. In this paper we develop an analytical tool to study institutional change, more specifically the evolution of rules and norms. We believe that in order for such an analytical tool to be useful to develop a general theory of institutional change, it needs to enable the analyst to understand the processes of change in multiple specific settings so that lessons from such settings can eventually be integrated into a more general predictive theory of change.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 27

Keywords: institutions

working papers series





Download This Paper

Date posted: July 18, 2009  

Suggested Citation

Ostrom, Elinor and Basurto, Xavier, The Evolution of Institutions: Toward a New Methodology (2009). Presented at the Robert Schumann Center, European University Institute, Florence, Italy, May 8-9, 2009. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1314407 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1314407

Contact Information

Elinor Ostrom (Contact Author)
Indiana University Bloomington - School of Public & Environmental Affairs (SPEA) ( email )
1315 East Tenth Street
Bloomington, IN 47405
United States

Indiana University Bloomington - Department of Political Science
Bloomington, IN
United States
Xavier Basurto
Duke Marine Lab, Nicholas School of the Environment ( email )
135 Duke Marine Lab Road
Beaufort, NC 28516-9721
United States
Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, Indiana University ( email )
Workshop in Political Theory
513 N Park Ave
Bloomington, IN 47408
United States
Feedback to SSRN


Paper statistics
Abstract Views: 373
Downloads: 102
Download Rank: 44,131

© 2014 Social Science Electronic Publishing, Inc. All Rights Reserved.  FAQ   Terms of Use   Privacy Policy   Copyright   Contact Us
This page was processed by apollo4 in 0.281 seconds