Liberty and Responsibility in Polycentric Circles: The Ostrom Legacy


This conference looked at the polycentric and common resource allocation problem approaches of Vincent and Elinor Ostrom together as a single legacy, how they relate together as a common approach, and the importance of that legacy for our understanding of the functioning of the free society.


From Liberty Fund

The Logical Foundations of Constitutional Liberty

by By James M. Buchanan
Foreword by Geoffrey Brennan, Hartmut Kliemt, and Robert D. Tollison

The thirty-one papers presented in this volume offer scholars and general readers alike a comprehensive introduction to the work of one of the greatest economists of the modern era. Many of Buchanan’s most important essays are gathered in this inaugural volume of the twenty-volume series from Liberty Fund of his…

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Additional Readings

Acemoglu, Daron. “The Origins of Power, Prosperity and Poverty [Cato Policy Report Vol. XXXIV No. 4, July/August 2012] .” CATO Institute. (Accessed on October 15, 2012).

Aligicia, Paul and Peter Boettke. Challenging Institutional Analysis and Development: The Bloomington School. New York: Routledge, 2009.

Besley, Timothy. “The New Political Economy [paper based on his Keynes lecture, November 8, 2004] .” London School of Economics. (Accessed October 15, 2012).

Hardin, Garrett. "The Tragedy of the Commons." Science 162, no. 3859 (December 1968): 1243-1248.

Ostrom, Elinor. Governing the Commons: The Evolution of Institutions for Collective Action. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1990.

Ostrom, Elinor. “Beyond Markets and States: Polycentric Governance of Complex Economic Systems [Nobel Prize Lecture, December 8, 2009] .” the official website of the Nobel Prize. (Accessed October 15, 2012).

Ostrom, Elinor. “Coevolving Relationships between Political Science and Economics.” Rationality, Markets, and Morals. (Accessed October 15, 2012).

Ostrom, Vincent. The Intellectual Crisis in American Public Administration, 3rd Edition. Tuscaloosa: The University of Alabama Press, 2008.

Ostrom, Vincent, Charles M. Tiebout and Robert Warren. “The Organization of Government in Metropolitan Areas: A Theoretical Inquiry.” The American Political Science Review 55, no. 4 (December 1961): 831-842.

Poteete, Amy, Marco Janssen, and Elinor Ostrom. Working Together: Collective Action, the Commons, and Multiple Methods in Practice. Oxfordshire: Princeton University Press, 2010.