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Institutional Diversity in Self-Governing Societies

The Bloomington School and Beyond

Edited by Filippo Sabetti and Dario Castiglione - Contributions by Paul Dragos Aligica; Rosolino Candela; Dario Castiglione; Michael A. Fotos III; Anas Malik; Ronald J. Oakerson; Margaret M. Polski; Filippo Sabetti; Karol Edward Sołŧan; Ion Sterpan; Abigail Sullivan; Scott Yabiku; Abigail York and Albert Weale

The work of Elinor and Vincent Ostrom represents a distinctive contribution to the study of political economy, public policy and administration, collective action, and governance theory. Efforts to present a comprehensive overview of the Bloomington School that grew around the Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis (now renamed the Ostrom Workshop), which they founded more than 40 years ago, received new impetus with the award of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Science to Elinor Ostrom in 2009. Since then, renewed attempts have been made to map the Ostroms’ contributions to theories of polycentric governance and collective action, and to multi-methods and comparative institutional analysis of ways of managing social and ecological systems, common pool resources, public economies, and metropolitan reform. The open-ended and multiform nature of the Ostroms’ research program defies a single comprehensive overview; yet, it is a stimulus towards both creativity and disciplinary cross-fertilization in social science research.
What sets this volume apart is that it brings together theory and practice, models and work on the ground, design and creativity, empirics and norms, to outline the significance of the Ostroms’ research program for the future. Each contribution to the volume takes the Ostromian perspective as the point of departure, amplifies it and explores the ground for future work by engaging with other approaches and areas of research with which the Bloomington School has some affinities. This way of testing and extending the ideas and methods of the Ostroms is particularly appropriate since their research program, initiated and nurtured through the Workshop, has always been in-between different fields and sub-fields in the social sciences (political science, economics, public administration, law, history, anthropology), cultivating a strong interdisciplinary way of doing research and exploiting the virtuous circle between theory, analysis, model building, and empirical research. Engaging in a creative dialogue with ideas and methods of other research programs is a way of sharpening one’s analytic tools, while renovating one’s own vision of social research. This volume is a way of thinking through and beyond the Bloomington School.
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Lexington Books
Pages: 292Size: 6 x 9
978-1-4985-2767-5 • Hardback • December 2016 • $95.00 • (£65.00)
978-1-4985-2768-2 • eBook • December 2016 • $90.00 • (£60.00)
Filippo Sabetti is professor of political science at McGill University.

Dario Castiglione teaches political theory at the University of Exeter.
Chapter 1 Rationality and Reasoning in Public ChoiceChapter 2 Extending the Institutional Analysis and Development Framework to Policy Analysis and Design
Chapter 3 Framing the State of Nature through Institutionalist Lenses
Chapter 4 Representation: A Slender Thread?
Chapter 5 Polycentricity, Culture, and CovenantChapter 6 Social Learning and the Bonds of Self-governing Communities
Chapter 7 Civic Theory, Bloomington, and a Republican Renewal
Chapter 8 The Struggle to Constitute and Sustain Productive Orders in History: Lessons from Sicily
Chapter 9 Public Goods and the Diagnosis of Counterintentional Policy Outcomes
Chapter 10 Moving toward Sustainability: Integrating Generational Equity into Institutional Analysis
The contributors develop truly innovative extensions of the basic themes explored by Vincent and Elinor Ostrom, and apply them to several important topics, some very old (democratic citizenship, state of nature), others fresh off today’s headlines (sustainability, partisan gridlock, police shootings). This volume is full of ideas and promising directions for future research, and demonstrates the continued vibrancy of the Bloomington School tradition.
Michael D. McGinnis, Indiana University, Bloomington

Sabetti and Castiglione have convened a marvelous group of scholars to demonstrate in spades the enduring influence and relevance of Vincent and Elinor Ostrom’s work for issues in political theory and public policy. The volume’s wide-ranging chapters not only apply concepts and analytical approaches associated with the Ostroms and the Bloomington School but expand on them in creative and useful ways. In such capable hands, the Bloomington School is certain to remain a leader in institutional analysis, public choice, and political economy.
Daniel H. Cole, Indiana University, Bloomington