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Utrecht University

November 29-December 01, 2012
Conference 'Design and Dynamics of Institutions for Collective Action'. A Tribute to Elinor Ostrom (1933-2012)
Utrecht, Utrecht University, Netherlands
Institutions for collective action are institutional arrangements that are formed bottom-up by groups of people in order to overcome certain common problems over an extended period of time by setting certain rules regarding access to the group (membership), use of the resources and services the group owns collectively, and management of these resources and services. Self-governance and self-sanctioning are typical features of this kind of institutions. The classic example of such institutions for collective action is the common, or a common pool institution, set up to govern natural resources. Commons could be found in the past all over Europe and are still to be found today contributing to the environmental and socio-economic sustainability of communities all over the world. However, apart from commons, many other organizations, ranging from medieval guilds to contemporary cooperatives, may also be regarded as institutions for collective action. The relevance of these institutional forms, both across history and in contemporary times, in industrialized societies as well as in less economically developed regions, as a way to cope with certain societal and environmental challenges, is being increasingly recognized by scholars and policy-makers. [gem?_?? den Informationen des Anbieters - according to site editor's information]
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