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Analyzing Institutions for the Delivery of Local Collective Goods

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Type: Conference Paper
Author: Ostrom, Elinor
Conference: 1983 Annual Meeting of the American Society for Public Administration
Location: New York, NY
Conf. Date: April 16-19
Date: 1983
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/886
Sector: Theory
Subject(s): Workshop
public choice
institutional analysis--IAD framework
common pool resources
public goods and bads
service delivery
collective goods
Abstract: Author's abstract: "Public choice theory has proved particularly fruitful when applied to the analysis of institutional arrangements for providing and producing public services in metropolitan areas. Scholars working within traditional disciplines of political science and public administration had reached a theoretical impasse in understanding the complexity of the existing delivery arrangements. By identifying the key attributes of collective goods and the difference between organizing for the provision and for the production of collective goods, scholars working in this interdisciplinary area brought comprehensibility to the study of complex service delivery arrangements. Further, empirical research now supports several counter-intuitive propositions derived from this approach about the effects of institutional arrangements on the effectiveness and efficiency of police agencies serving metropolitan areas."

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