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The Foundations of Institutional Analysis and Development

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Type: Working Paper
Author: Ostrom, Vincent
Date: 1988
Agency: Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
Series: Working Paper, no. W88-3
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/7455
Sector: Theory
Subject(s): Workshop
institutional analysis--IAD framework
Abstract: From p. 3-4: "...In an effort to frame the problem of doing institutional analysis and undertaking institutional development, I shall press back to the most fundamental patterns of adaptations that contribute to human potentials for development... The critical problems are those associated with complexity. I shall advance the thesis that an important variable affecting potentials for development is self-organizing capabilities which allow for autonomous development and self-governing capabilities in systems of order that manifest increasing complexity. This places a substantial burden upon those who exercise entrepreneurial responsibilities in both the public and private sectors. They need to know how to fashion the architecture of self-governing institutions functioning in complex systems of governance. After first exploring the human condition and its development potentials, I shall, second, examine the nature of institutions and their relationship to self-organizing capabilities. I shall then explore the task of framing modes of analysis that can be used both for institutional analysis and institutional development."

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