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The Two Social Philosophies of Ostroms' Institutionalism

21 Pages Posted: 19 Jul 2010 Last revised: 1 Aug 2011

Paul Dragos Aligica

George Mason University - Mercatus Center

Peter J. Boettke

George Mason University - Department of Economics

Date Written: 2010

Abstract

The article argues that Ostroms’ institutionalism has a dimension that is complex and profound enough to deserve to be considered a “social theory” or a “social philosophy”. The paper pivots around the thesis that the “social philosophy” behind the Bloomington School’s research agenda has in fact two facets that may or may not be consistent with each other. The article describes the main features of the two facets, offers a brief overview of the development of these ideas, and clarifies their relationship to Public Choice theory and alternative visions of public goods analysis, public administration, and governance. The argument goes further to raise the provocative question whether the two “social philosophies” involved in the approach undertaken by Elinor Ostrom and Vincent Ostrom are necessarily and inseparably connected with the rest of their research program.

Suggested Citation

Aligica, Paul Dragos and Boettke, Peter J., The Two Social Philosophies of Ostroms' Institutionalism (2010). The Policy Studies Journal. Vol. 39, No. 1, pp. 29-49. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1642670

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