Governing the Commons – The Evolution of Institutions for Collective Action - by Elinor Ostrom[Reading report] by François Bottollier-Depois


The author was part of the "Alternative Management" third year program in HEC in 2012. He also graduated from the Strasbourg Institute of Political Studies, in France, and taught during four years as a Professeur "agrégé" of economics and social sciences.

Governing the commons, which was published in 1990 in English and in 2010 in French, is a major work written by Elinor Ostrom, and thanks to which she was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics. This book gathers the field data that several dozens of scientists collected during several decades, so as to better understand why and how individuals manage common goods, without any State intervention or private enterprise. Ostrom sheds a new light on the conditions that allow to create institutions, such as incremental cooperation, and the conditions that allow them to last. This book offers a new model for the analysis of collective action, based on complex variables that go beyond the economic field.

Quote article  François Bottollier-Depois, « Governing the Commons – The Evolution of Institutions for Collective Action - by Elinor Ostrom », 01 december 2012, Alternative Management Observatory (AMO), [Reading report]

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