Monthly Archives: September 2013

Barbara Allen: A Role for Cooperatives in Managing and Governing Common Pool Resources and Common Property Systems

The concept “polycentricity” stands as a foundation for the theory, empirical studies, and practical applications of ideas that have come out of works by Vincent Ostrom, Elinor Ostrom, and their colleagues at the Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis. Self-governance is the basic value and principle in their writings. Vincent Ostrom theorized and Elinor Ostrom demonstrated that the particular form of “rule ordered relations”– in short, institutions– which was perhaps most conducive to self-governance could be described as many “centers” of semi-autonomous, concurrent authorities–polycentric institutional designs. Continue reading

Peter Söderbaum: How Can the Language of Economics be Made Politically More Relevant?

I share the opinion that Elinor Ostrom’s contribution is timely and important in many ways. Her reference to interdisciplinary approaches is not new (Cf. Kenneth Boulding, Gunnar Myrdal, Herbert Simon) but she is strengthening this tradition. Her focus on important sustainability issues and property regimes is very much needed. Please click here

Workshop Organisers: “September Suggestions”

Hoping for the step forward to the “hot” stage of our workshop “Beyond Ostrom – working on commons, defending scientific autonomy, improving the method and methodology of research and teaching in Economics” 8.-10.11.2013 we should like to remind you of our mail from August 18th. In this connection we want especially to highlight our four questions[1] we had asked already in April and the replies documented on our blog on the one hand and on our six working theses on the other hand. Please have a look at Continue reading