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The Quest for Meaning in Public Choice
Summary of: The Quest for Meaning in Public Choice
Frameworks, composed of theories that are in turn composed of varying models need to be developed to study and make predictions about the complex behaviors that take place in social situations.
The Institutional Analysis and Development (IAD) framework developed by the Ostroms and their colleagues at Indiana University provides a foundation for studying a multitude of theories, models, and predictions of public choice behaviors in different systems of governance and organization.
Frameworks define the action arena to which it would be applied; the resulting patterns of interactions and outcomes, and the means of evaluating those outcomes.
A framework is a general language about how varying rules, physical and material conditions, and attributes of a community affect the structure of action arenas, the incentives for actors, and resulting outcomes.
Action arenas include an action situation and the actors in that situation.
An action situation includes:
Actors (individual or corporate) involve:
Analysts can make strong predictions in tightly constrained situations of complete information: overuse of resources in an open commons where the actors do not share access to collective choice arenas.
Results are not as clear in situations where actors are embedded in communities with norms of fairness and conservation as well as the ability to communicate with each other.
Evaluation criteria can include a range of values for categories such as the following:
The IAD framework has been applied to various domains to make predictions of resulting behaviors in field settings. Examples of successful application include:
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