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The Quest for Meaning in Public Choice

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Type: Journal Article
Author: Ostrom, Elinor; Ostrom, Vincent
Journal: American Journal of Economics and Sociology
Volume: 63
Page(s): 105-147
Date: 2004
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/7957
Sector: Theory
Subject(s): public choice
constitutional choice
institutional analysis--IAD framework
Abstract: "The logical foundations of constitutional government are of basic importance if people are to be self-governing. All forms of political order are Faustian bargains subject to numerous risks. If constitutional choice applies to all patterns of human association, the complexity of associated relationships and the potential threats to the viability of associated relationships in the aggregate exceed the limits of human cognition. The development of analytical capabilities depends on using frameworks, theories, and models for formulating hypotheses about conditions and consequences, undertaking diagnostic assessments, and conceptualizing and designing alternative possibilities. The relationship of ideas to deeds in an experimental epistemology is necessary to achieve a warrantable art and science of association."

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