Recent advances in research on the Institutional Analysis and Development Framework

The Policy Studies Journal has published a special feature on the Institutional Analysis and Development (IAD) framework, which was developed by Elinor Ostrom. After the publication of the classic book ‘Governing the Commons’ in 1990, the IAD-framework was further developed at the Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis at Indiana University. A core feature of the framework is a set of rule types which guide actors behavior and choices, such as boundary roles, scope rules and aggregation rules. One of the papers in the special issue, ‘The role of cross-scale institutional linkages in CPR management: assessing interstate river compacts’, by Heikkila, Schlager and Davis,  illustrates perfectly how these rule types can be used to analyze and evaluate institutions for water governance.

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