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Why Listen to the Local Guy?

policy, Social ScienceMay 3, 2011

Two of Ostrom’s (1990) institutional design principles emphasize the role of the local –rules must be adapted to local conditions and resource users must participate in the rulemaking process. These principles were determined empirically through cross-site analysis, but a large body of research from science studies supports these finding theoretically as well. The most clear […]

State of the Field: A New Type of Policy Analysis

policy, Social Science, State of the FieldMarch 22, 2011

The focus on community and informal rules that were found to frequently structure successful commons management made apparent that the word ‘policy’ needed to be expanded. Policy scholars now look beyond the official written laws, reports, and regulations that are often written by a central government to multi-scalar rules that govern the structure and behavior […]

State of the Field: Modergasm – The flaccid finality of modern erections

geography, policy, Social Science, State of the FieldJanuary 18, 2011

Effective management of any landscape or seascape must attend to context such as unique attributes of the ecosystem, local cultural values and norms, and broader governance constructs. Conservation managers often joke that the best way to incorporate this context is to install a benevolent dictator at the helm. His or her role would be to […]

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