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Systematic Approach to Institutional Analysis: Applying Crawford and Ostrom's Grammar

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Type: Journal Article
Author: Basurto, Xavier; Kingsley, Gordon; McQueen, Kelly; Smith, Mshadoni; Weible, Chris
Journal: Political Research Quarterly
Date: 2009
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/2698
Sector: Social Organization
Subject(s): institutions
institutional analysis--IAD framework
Abstract: In 1995, Crawford and Ostrom proposed a grammatical syntax for examining institutional statements (i.e. rules, norms, and strategies) as part of the institutional analysis and development framework. This article constitutes the first attempt at applying the grammatical syntax to code institutional statements using two pieces of U.S. legislation. The authors illustrate how the grammatical syntax can serve as a basis for collecting, presenting, and analyzing data in a way that is reliable and conveys valid and substantive meaning for the researcher. The article concludes by describing some implementation challenges and ideas for future theoretical and field research.

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