Institutions and the performance of coupled infrastructure systems
AffiliationUniv Arizona, Sch Govt & Publ Policy
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CitationInstitutions and the performance of coupled infrastructure systems 2016, 10 (2):495 International Journal of the Commons
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AbstractInstitutions, the rules of the game that shape repeated human interactions, clearly play a critical role in helping groups avoid the inefficient use of shared resources such as fisheries, freshwater, and the assimilative capacity of the environment. Institutions, however, are intimately intertwined with the human, social, and biophysical context within which they operate. Scholars typically are careful to take this context into account when studying institutions and Ostrom's Institutional Design Principles are a case in point. Scholars have tested whether Ostrom's Design Principles, which specify broad relationships between institutional arrangements and context, actually support successful governance of shared resources. This article further contributes to this line of research by leveraging the notion of institutional design to outline a research trajectory focused on coupled infrastructure systems in which institutions are seen as one class of infrastructure among many that dynamically interact to produce outcomes over time.
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SponsorsU.S. National Science Foundation [GEO-1115054]