Elinor Ostrom interview

Michael Giberson YES! magazine presents an interview with Elinor Ostrom, “The Woman Who Just Might Save the Planet and Our Pocketbooks.” The sub-head teaser – “What if our economy was not built on competition?” – is a little over-heated. Nothing in Ostrom work, so far as I know, is opposed to competition. Rather, in the … More Elinor Ostrom interview

Private management of the commons: Parking spots and Chicago snow

Michael Giberson No doubt that since Elinor Ostrom won a Nobel Prize last year for, among other things, her work on decentralized approaches to common pool resource issues, a small legion of social science graduate students are looking for new cases of non-governmental management of common pool resources. Here is an example supplied by Fred … More Private management of the commons: Parking spots and Chicago snow

Roads and paths as common-pool resources, and the problem of governing them

Lynne Kiesling Yesterday at Reason’s Hit & Run Tim Cavanaugh wrote about something that I’ve been thinking about for a long time: the institutions we use for governing the shared use of paths between cyclists and motorists on roads, and among cyclists, walkers, runners, rollerbladers, etc. on multi-use paths. Tim’s starting point was Christopher Beam’s … More Roads and paths as common-pool resources, and the problem of governing them

Vincent and Elinor Ostrom and public ownership of natural resources

Michael Giberson Among the news stories in response to Elinor Ostrom’s sharing of the Nobel prize for economics, an article from Alaska which mentions the important role played by Vincent Ostrom in the development of that state’s treatment of natural resources.  Both Ostroms worked on related ideas and management of natural resources was central to … More Vincent and Elinor Ostrom and public ownership of natural resources