Beyond a Precarious Balance: Improving the Scientific Rigor and Policy Relevance of Institutional Analyses from the Bloomington School

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Michael D. McGinnis

Indiana University Bloomington - Department of Political Science; Indiana University Bloomington - School of Public & Environmental Affairs (SPEA)

Date Written: 2019

Abstract

In this chapter, Michael D. McGinnis explores a major tension in the Ostroms’ work—the desire to balance rigor in their models with a need for policy relevance, a balance McGinnis terms strategic rigor. The Ostroms developed several different theoretical frameworks to address the questions of institutions. McGinnis pushes beyond the Ostroms’ corpus to suggest important ways in which their different frameworks—IAD, common-pool resource, and Social-Ecological System—can be linked. McGinnis brings his own approach to concrete application to identify common processes across different decision settings and suggests how these theoretical approaches provide useful insight for policymakers.

Keywords: Elinor Ostrom, Nobel prize, political economy, institutions, polycentricity, Institutional Analysis, Polycentric Governance, IAD Framework, commons

JEL Classification: Q00, Q20, B52, D02, E14, P16

Suggested Citation

McGinnis, Michael D., Beyond a Precarious Balance: Improving the Scientific Rigor and Policy Relevance of Institutional Analyses from the Bloomington School (2019). published in Herzberg, Roberta Q., Peter J. Boettke, and Paul Dragos Aligica, eds. Ostrom's Tensions: Examining the Political Economy and Public Policy of Elinor C. Ostrom (Arlington, VA: Mercatus Center at George Mason University, 2019), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3765732 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3765732

Michael D. McGinnis (Contact Author)

Indiana University Bloomington - Department of Political Science ( email )

Bloomington, IN
United States

Indiana University Bloomington - School of Public & Environmental Affairs (SPEA) ( email )

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Bloomington, IN 47405
United States

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