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Polycentricity, Self-Governance, and the Art & Science of Association


Peter J. Boettke


George Mason University - Department of Economics

Jayme S. Lemke


George Mason University - Mercatus Center

Liya Palagashvili


State University of New York (SUNY) - Purchase College, Department of Economics

May 13, 2014

GMU Working Paper in Economics No. 14-19

Abstract:     
When considered as a unified project, the Ostroms’ themes of polycentricity, self-governance, and the art and science of association have strong intellectual roots and connections with Austrian economics. In this paper, we show the close relationship between the Ostroms and the Austrians. We then describe how contemporary Austrian economists can be inspired and can further the work of the Ostroms in the areas of civil societies and self-governing communities, the use of fieldwork and case studies, and public economies and coproduction. Although there are perceived tensions between the Ostroms and the Austrians, we contend that these can be reconciled and pursued as fruitful areas of research.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 25

Keywords: Vincent and Elinor Ostrom, polycentricity, Austrian economics, institutions, self-governance

JEL Classification: H0, H40, H77, O17


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Date posted: May 15, 2014 ; Last revised: September 21, 2016

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Boettke, Peter J. and Lemke, Jayme S. and Palagashvili, Liya, Polycentricity, Self-Governance, and the Art & Science of Association (May 13, 2014). GMU Working Paper in Economics No. 14-19. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2436647 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2436647

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Peter J. Boettke
George Mason University - Department of Economics ( email )
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Jayme S. Lemke
George Mason University - Mercatus Center
4400 University Drive, PPE 1A1
Fairfax, VA 22030
United States
Liya Palagashvili (Contact Author)
State University of New York (SUNY) - Purchase College, Department of Economics ( email )
735 Anderson Hill Road
Purchase, NY 10577
United States
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