Josephine Van Zeben*

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The study of polycentric systems lies at the heart of Vincent and Elinor (Lin) Ostrom’s work on governance and democracy, and forms the basis for the Bloomington School of Institutional Analysis and the empirical work undertaken at the Ostrom Workshop (https://ostromworkshop.indiana.edu/). The theoretical and empirical insights provided by the Ostroms and the Ostrom Workshop give scholars important alternative tools for institutional analysis. Polycentric theory provides the theoretical and normative basis on which some of the more empirically oriented tools that originated from the Workshop, such as the Institutional Analysis and Development (IAD) and Social-ecological systems (SES) frameworks, are based.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRoutledge Handbook of the Study of the Commons
EditorsBlake Hudson, Jonathan Rosenbloom, Dan Cole
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781351669245
ISBN (Print)9781138060906
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes

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    Van Zeben, J. (2019). Polycentricity. In B. Hudson, J. Rosenbloom, & D. Cole (Eds.), Routledge Handbook of the Study of the Commons (pp. 38-49). Taylor and Francis. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315162782-4