Elinor Ostrom and the Bloomington School

Edited by Jayme Lemke, Vlad Tarko

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240 pages   |  234 x 156mm   |  27 May 2021


Elinor Ostrom was the first female winner of the Nobel Prize in economics and her achievement has generated renewed interest in the Bloomington School research program in institutional economics and political economy.

These essays showcase Ostrom’s extensive and lasting influence throughout economics and the wider social sciences. Part 1 contextualises the Bloomington School within schools of economic thought and then shows how Ostrom’s distinct methodology is used in policy-making and governance. Part 2 uses case studies to illustrate the value of civic involvement within public policy, a method pioneered by Ostrom and the Bloomington School.

The book provides a valuable resource for those keen to understand Ostrom’s approach, especially when applied to policy-making and wider application in the social sciences. Readers new to the Bloomington School will be introduced to its central areas of research while those already familiar with the School will appreciate its subtle connections to other disciplines and research agendas.


1. Introduction
Jayme Lemke, George Mason University and Vlad Tarko, Arizona State University
2. Virginia Political Economy: Buchanan and Bloomington
Adam Martin and Emil Duhnea, Texas Tech University
3. New Institutional Economics
Mike McGinnis, Indiana University–Bloomington
4. Behavioural Economics
Vlad Tarko and Tucker Quinn, Dickinson College
5. Economic Sociology
Alice Calder and Virgil Henry Storr, George Mason University
6. Foundations of Social Order: Connecting the Ostroms and Searle
Adrian Miroiu and Adelin Dumitru, National University of Political Studies and Public Administration, Romania
7. Socialist Calculation and Public Economics in Vincent and Elinor Ostrom's Work on Self-Governing Democratic Society
Peter Boettke, George Mason University
8. Better Together: Elinor Ostrom and Environmental Policy Analysis
Jordan Lofthouse and Jayme Lemke, George Mason University
9. Contributions to the Modern Theory and Analysis of Public Administration
Paul Dragos Aligica, George Mason University
10. Institutional Analysis, Polycentricity, and Federalism in the Bloomington School: Social Order through Evolution or Design?
Rosolino Candela, George Mason University
11. Conclusion
Jayme Lemke, George Mason University and Vlad Tarko, Arizona State University

Author Information

Jayme Lemke is a Senior Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and a Senior Fellow in the F. A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics.

Vlad Tarko is Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Economy and Moral Science at the University of Arizona. He is the author of Elinor Ostrom: An Intellectual Biography (2017) and co-author of Capitalist Alternatives: Models, Taxonomies, Scenarios (2015).

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