Institutional Design and Ideas-Driven Social Change: Notes from an Ostromian Perspective
The Good Society, 2011, vol. 20, no. 1, pp. 50-66
18 Pages Posted: 7 Dec 2015
Date Written: 2011
The article takes as a starting point the notion that there are two ways of approaching the issue of ideas and institutional design from an Ostromian perspective. The first is straightforward: simply follow the explicit arguments developed by them and synthesize the main points made over time around concepts such as epistemic choice, institutional levels, and ideas-informed social experiments. We call this the “Level 1” perspective. The “Level 2” perspective is different and, in a sense, indirect: move beyond a mere expository approach and to elaborate several implications and assumptions inherent in the Bloomington scholars’ arguments, but which were not always made fully explicit by them. Once that is done, this perspective links them to some of the explicitly articulated and better recognized points defining their approach. In doing that, the very problem of the relationship between institutional design and social engineering comes to be addressed in a straightforward and edifying way.
Keywords: Ostrom, Institutional Design, Social Change
JEL Classification: P14; P16
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