Political Science | Institutional Analysis & Development
Y673 | 3971 | Ostrom
This seminar meets at 513 N. Park
During the fall semester of this year-long course we provide a brief
overview of the literature focusing on the analysis of individual
behavior within various types of institutional arrangements. Many of
the topics covered here in one week could well be the topic for a
full semester's work. Thus, once you have completed the semester,
you will have been introduced to a diversity of work, but you will
not yet have gained mastery and will need substantial additional
study to gain that mastery. For some subjects, we have listed
additional readings that you may wish to pursue either, during this
semester on those topics of particular interest and importance to
you, or over the coming years.
The syllabus for this course is on the Workshop Website:
The assigned readings will either be distributed at least one week in
advance or be at the IU Bookstore. Graduate students taking the
course for credit have three types of assignments. First, each
student is expected to write a short (2-5 page) memo to the
instructor each week reflecting on what they are currently reading,
how they are progressing on their seminar paper, and related topics.
These memos are not individually graded, but part of the final grade
will be based on class participation, and the faithfulness and
quality of the memos will be reflected in this part of the grade.
Second, there will be an exam given toward the end of the
Third, a final paper is required: each student will be
expected to select either a type of problem (such as that of
providing a particular type of public goods or common-pool resource)
or a type of decision-making arrangement (such as that of a
legislature or market structure) and undertake a micro-analysis of
how combinations of rules, the structure of the goods and technology
involved, and culture interact to affect the incentives facing
individuals and resulting patterns of interactions adopted by
individuals in one or a set of closely related situations. The
student may focus more on an operational, a collective-choice, or a
constitutional-choice level, but the linkage among these levels
should be addressed. This is an excellent opportunity to do a
research design for a dissertation that applies institutional
analysis to a particular problem. Students may wish to do the first
draft of a paper that eventually will be submitted for publication.
All papers will be presented at a mini-conference in December.