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 […]

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,” […]

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. […]