The Evolution of Institutions: Toward a New Methodology

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

27 Pages Posted: 18 Jul 2009

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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

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Date Written: 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.

Keywords: institutions

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: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1314407 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1314407

Elinor Ostrom (Contact Author)

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

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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

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