Institutions and the Environment

8 Pages Posted: 12 Sep 2008

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Elinor Ostrom

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

Abstract

Scholars have tended to recommend optimal solutions for coping with open-access problems related to common-pool resources such as fisheries, forests and water systems. Examples exist of both successful and unsuccessful efforts to rely on private property, government property and community property. After briefly reviewing how the often-recommended solutions have worked in the field, I suggest that institutional theorists move from touting simple, optimal solutions to analysing adaptive, multi-level governance as related to complex, evolving resource systems.

Suggested Citation

Ostrom, Elinor, Institutions and the Environment. Economic Affairs, Vol. 28, Issue 3, pp. 24-31, September 2008, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1266911 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0270.2008.00840.x

Elinor Ostrom (Contact Author)

Indiana University Bloomington - School of Public & Environmental Affairs (SPEA) ( email )

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Bloomington, IN 47405
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Indiana University Bloomington - Department of Political Science

Bloomington, IN
United States

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