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Deliberation, Learning, and Institutional Change: The Use of Judicial Forums in Institutionally Diverse Settings

39 Pages Posted: 7 Jul 2007  

William A. Blomquist

Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)

Elinor Ostrom

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

Date Written: April 28, 2007

Abstract

From p. 4:
A recent article by Knight and Johnson (2007) stimulated us to focus on the potential role of courts applying the principles of equity jurisprudence in disputes over rights to the use of common-pool resources and their potential for crafting new institutions. In comparison with some of the "quick fixes" that are imposed on environmental problems that reach crisis proportions (Sterner, Troell et al., 2006), equity courts may be able to facilitate "creative fixes" to the basic rules affecting resource extraction and sustainability. We will focus primarily on the role of courts in creating new institutions for ground water allocation and continued monitoring in Southern California. While we examine the role of courts in helping water users craft more efficient and equitably institutions in Southern California, the question of what kind of collective choice institutions may facilitate effective institutional change at an operational level is relevant to current disputes over water rights in other locations including Australia.

Keywords: deliberation, learning, institutional change

Suggested Citation

Blomquist, William A. and Ostrom, Elinor, Deliberation, Learning, and Institutional Change: The Use of Judicial Forums in Institutionally Diverse Settings (April 28, 2007). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=997832 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.997832

William A. Blomquist (Contact Author)

Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) ( email )

Department of Political Science
Indianapolis, IN 46202
United States
317-274-7547 (Phone)
317-278-3280 (Fax)

Elinor Ostrom

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

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