Scholars to discuss ‘mere civility,’ moderation

Political theorist Teresa Bejan, the author of the new book “Mere Civility,” will join Indiana University political scientist Aurelian Craiutu on Friday for a roundtable discussion of civility and moderation at a time when many people argue the conflict over the Trump presidency is putting both at risk. Bejan is an associate professor of political […]

Lecture to explore links between Ostrom research, free-market environmentalism

Elinor Ostrom showed that groups and individuals working at the local level can manage shared resources without resorting to private ownership or government regulation. Vincent Ostrom explained polycentric governance, multiple centers of decision-making that operate independently and effectively. Terry Anderson draws on both to explore the potential for free-market environmentalism, which applies markets and property […]

Ostrom Workshop adds program on internet governance and cybersecurity

A new Program on Governance of the Internet and Cybersecurity at Indiana University’s Ostrom Workshop is launching this semester with a range of activities, including a speaker series and an academic conference featuring invited papers and talks. The program will build a network of scholars at IU and around the world to address timely questions […]

Ostrom’s legacy remains strong seven years after Nobel

Indiana University’s Elinor Ostrom received the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences in December 2009, becoming the first — and still the only — woman to receive the award. Seven years later, there are nearly constant reminders of her influence, including academic studies that build on her theories, symposia that celebrate her work and policy analyses […]

Journal links Ostrom research to study of nonprofits and voluntary action

A special August 2016 issue of the Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly celebrates the legacy of the late Indiana University scholar Elinor Ostrom and applies her insights and theories to new research in the area of nonprofit organizations and voluntary action. Edited by three researchers who studied with Ostrom while earning Ph.D. degrees at IU […]

IU professor’s book: Brazil may be making ‘critical transition’

The world’s attention is focused on Brazil with the start of the Rio Olympic Games. And according to Indiana University economic historian Lee Alston, the country is worth watching – and not just for the world-class athletic competitions taking place there this summer. In the new book “Brazil in Transition: Beliefs, Leadership and Institutional Change,” […]

IU anthropologist urges collaboration with local peoples in creating climate mitigation policies

Post by Kevin Fryling, who normally writes at the Science at Work blog: Large-scale, international conservation and climate change mitigation efforts must engage with the voices and needs of local and indigenous people, IU anthropologist Eduardo S. Brondizio writes in an essay published June 10 in the journal Science. The essay was written in collaboration […]

Economist: Property rights an underappreciated response to resource issues

Indiana University political scientist Elinor Ostrom and her colleagues and students famously showed that people and organizations can work together to prevent overuse of natural resources through the creation of informal institutions and mutually agreed-upon rules. But what happens when forces compete for “open-access resources” in larger settings that don’t respond to such informal governance? […]

UC Santa Barbara economist to present Ostrom Memorial Lecture

Economist Gary D. Libecap, a professor at the Bren School of Environmental Policy and Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara, will present the second Vincent and Elinor Ostrom Memorial Lecture this week at IU Bloomington. Libecap, whose research focuses on issues related to entrepreneurship and sustainable business practices, will speak at 4 p.m. […]

Remembering Douglass North, friend to IU’s Ostrom Workshop

Nobel Prize-winning economist Douglass C. North, who died last month at age 95, was a longtime friend and admirer of Indiana University faculty members Elinor and Vincent Ostrom. His death was duly noted on the website of the Ostrom Workshop, which posted a link to the New York Times obituary. North was one of a […]