Elinor Ostrom

Elinor Ostrom (1933 - 2012) was the Arthur F. Bentley Professor of Political Science, and Co-Director of the Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis at Indiana University Bloomington.

In 1973 she co-founded The Workshop in Political Theory and Public Policy at Indiana University with her husband, Vincent Ostrom. Considered an expert on collective action, trust, and the commons, her institutional approach to public policy was considered distinct enough to be thought of as a separate 'school' of Public Choice Theory (See Mitchell 1988). She authored many books in the fields of organizational theory, political science, and public administration.

Ostrom received her PhD in political science from UCLA in 1965. She was a member of the United States National Academy of Sciences and past president of the American Political Science Association. In 1999 she became the first woman to receive the prestigious Johan Skytte Prize in Political Science and in 2005 received the James Madison Award by the American Political Science Association. She was awarded a Honorary Doctorate at the ISS in 2002. In 2008, she received the William H Riker Prize in political science, and became the first woman to do so.

In 2009 Elinor Ostrom was awarded the Nobel economics prize (together with Oliver Williamson) for her work with  on economic governance - the way authority is exercised in economic systems. Ostrom was the first woman to receive this prize.




Understanding Knowledge as a Commons: From Theory to Practice Ostrom, Elinor and Hess, Charlotte, Editors, The MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2007

Linking the formal and informal economy : concepts and policies / ed. by Basudeb Guha-Khasnobis, Ravi Kanbur and Elinor Ostrom / B. GUHA - KHASNOBIS R. KANBUR; E. OSTROM;. - Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2006

Understanding Institutional Diversity Ostrom, Elinor, Princeton, Princeton University Press. 2005.

Foundations of social capital / edited by Elinor Ostrom and T.K. Ahn / E. OSTROM T.K. Ahn;. - Northhampton, MA : Edward Elgar, 2003.

Trust and Reciprocity: Interdisciplinary Lessons for Experimental Research {Volume VI in the Russell Sage Foundation Series on Trust, Elinor Ostrom and James Walker, Editors, Russell Sage Foundation, 2003

Aid, incentives, and sustainability : an institutional analysis of development cooperation : main report / Elinor Ostrom ... [et al.] / E. OSTROM. - Stockholm : Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), 2002.

The drama of the commons / Committee on the Human Dimensions of Global Change ; Elinor Ostrom ... [et al.], ed / E. OSTROM National Research Council. - Washington, DC : National Academy Press, 2002

Improving irrigation governance and management in Nepal / edited by Ganesh P. Shivakoti and Elinor Ostrom / G.P. SHIVAKOTI E. OSTROM;. - Oakland, CA : ICS Press, 2002

Scaling issues in the social services : a report for the International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change / by Clark Gibson, Elinor Ostrom, Toh-Kyeong Ahn / C. GIBSON E. OSTROM; Toh-Kyeong AHN;. - Bonn : International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change (IHDP), 1998

Rules, Games, and Common Pool Resources Ostrom, Elinor, and Gardner, Roy, and Walker, James, Editors, Anne Arbor, University of Michigan Press, 1994

Institutional Incentives and Sustainable Development: Infrastructure Policies in Perspective Ostrom, Elinor, and Schroeder, Larry, and Wynne, Susan, Oxford: Westview Press, 1993

Crafting institutions for self-governing irrigation systems / Elinor Ostrom / E. OSTROM. - San Francisco, CA : ICS Press, 1992

Governing the commons : the evolution of institutions for collective action / Elinor Ostrom / E. OSTROM. - Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 1990

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“Deliberation, Learning, and Institutional Change: The Evolution of Institutions in Judicial Settings” (with William Blomquist). Constitutional Political Economy, 2008

“Collective Action and Local Development Processes.” Sociologica (Italian Journal of Sociology) 3 (2007): 1–32.

“12 Questions To . . . Elinor Ostrom.” GAIA – Ecological Perspectives for Science and Society 15(4) (December 2006): 246-47.

“Policy Analysis in the Future of Good Societies.” PEGS: The Good Society 11(1) (2002): 42-48.

“Coping with Tragedies of the Commons.” Annual Review of Political Science 2 (1999): 493-535. “A Grammar of Institutions.” American Political Science Review 89, no.3 (September 1995): 582–600. (with Crawford, Sue E. S.)

“Constituting Social Capital and Collective Action.” Journal of Theoretical Politics 6(4) (October 1994): 527-562.

“Microconstitutional Change in Multiconstitutional Political Systems.” Rationality and Society 1(1) (July 1989): 11-50.

“An Alternative Perspective on Democratic Dilemmas.” Policy Studies Review 4(3) (February 1985): 412-16.

“On the Meaning and Measurement of Output and Efficiency in the Provision of Urban Police Services.” Journal of Criminal Justice 1 (June 1973): 93-111.

“Some Postulated Effects of Learning on Constitutional Behavior.” Public Choice 5 (Fall 1968): 87-104.

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