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Vincent Ostrom is the founding director of the Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis and Arthur F. Bentley Professor Emeritus of political science at Indiana University in Bloomington.
Barbara Allen is professor of political science at Carleton College.
Foreword by Elinor Ostrom
PART I: CONSTITUTIONAL CHOICE
David Hume as a Political Analyst
The Individual and the Constitutional Order in the American Federal Republic
Constitutional Choice in Postcolonial Polities: The Federal Republic of Nigeria
The Challenge of Federalism
Guidance, Control, and Performance in the Public Sector
Some Conjectures about the Shape of the Political Science to Come
Buchanan’s Opening to Constitutional Choice and Meta Levels of Analysis
Constitutional Choice in the Spanish New World
Federalism in the Affairs of Everyday Life
The Challenge Facing the Mexican Revolution in Its Third Century
PART II: EPISTEMIC CHOICE
Political Characteristics of the Pacific Northwest:
A Challenge to Research—The Problem of Method
Freedom and Organization
Implications of Epistemic Choice for Political Science Methodologies
Federalism and Consociationalism: Competing or Complementary Approaches?
Conceptualizing the Nature and Magnitude of the Task of Institutional Analysis and Development
Culture, Liberation Movements, and Human Development
Some Ontological and Epistemological Puzzles in Policy Analysis
Interpreting Social Experiments: An Agenda for Critical Reflections and Inquiry about a Research
Program in Comparative Institutional Analysis and Development
Great Experiments and the Welfare State: Basic Paradigmatic Challenges
To the Readers of the Chinese Translation [of The Meaning of American Federalism]
PART III THE QUEST FOR UNDERSTANDING AND THE FUTURE OF DEMOCRATIC SELF-GOVERNANCE
A Continuing Colloquy on Self-Governance
Democracy and Self-Governance
The Inevitability of Democracy
Some Requisites for Understanding Viable
Memos to Colleagues and Students
Workshop Analytics and Tocquevillian Analytics
Experiments in Constitutional Choice
The Use of Theory to Study Problems of Institutional Analysis and Design
Studying Democracy in America: Learning to be Self-Governing by Vincent Ostrom and Barbara Allen
Democratic Transformations: From the Struggle for Democracy to Self-Governance? by Michael McGinnis and Vincent Ostrom
Federalism and the Exercise of Self-Governing Capabilities
The Spirit of Federalism
What is Federalism? A Search for Meaning
Self-Government and Federalism
Revisiting Public Administration and Democratic Governance
Political Theory and Public Administration
Syracuse Notes: How Do We Conceptualize the Meaning of the American Experiment?
Some Developments in the Study of Market Choice, Public Choice, and Institutional Choice
The Continuing Challenge of Constitutional Choice
Why Were There So Many Constitutional Failures in the Twentieth Century?
An Assessment of Failure and the Challenge Ahead
Citizen-Sovereigns: The Implications of Hamilton’s Query and Tocqueville’s Conjecture about the Democratic
Volume II builds magnificently on the themes of the first volume. Once again Barbara Allen has expertly edited Vincent Ostrom's writings. In this collection readers will find a reflective Ostrom applying his keen understanding of decentralized systems to problems philosophical, practical, and pedagogical. It is impossible to read these essays and not be inspired to think differently about one's own research.
— Jenna Bednar, University of Michigan
Vincent Ostrom made many significant and profound contributions to political theory and public policy. The Quest to Understand Human Affairs presents Ostrom's work in collective, constitutional, and epistemic choice. His project is a radical one exploring the foundation of self-governance, and the self-governing capacity of the citizenry. And, nobody has done more than Vincent Ostrom in understanding the burdens of the democratic way of life, and the political structures consistent with that way of life.
— Peter Boettke, George Mason University
Thirty-six previously unpublished papers explore Vincent Ostrom's work in the fields of institutional analysis, resource governance, public policy, and public administration.
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