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Polycentric Governance: A Theoretical and Empirical Exploration

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Type: Thesis or Dissertation
Author: Tarko, Vlad
Date: 2015
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/9899
Sector: Theory
Subject(s): governance and politics
Abstract: "The dissertation overviews and elaborates the concept of polycentricity, and applies it to two cases. Spontaneous order plays an important role in many non-market systems. But not all spontaneous orders are productive or sustainable. The concept of polycentricity aims to describe the productive subset of spontaneous orders, including both markets and non-market forms of organization. Broadly speaking, a polycentric system of governance is a collection of heterogeneous decision centers acting independently, but under a common system of rules and/or norms limiting negative externalities and free riding. The role of the overarching set of rules or norms is to assure that the spontaneous order is indeed productive and sustainable."

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