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Mission/Research Focus

Human behavior is shaped by institutions and incentives, and understanding these relationships is essential not only for advancing humanity but also for analyzing public policies that affect people’s lives and the world in which they live.  This field of study cannot be the domain of one discipline alone, because behavior, institutions, and incentives are multifaceted and are better understood from diverse perspectives.  

The mission of The Vincent and Elinor Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis is to promote the interdisciplinary study of institutions, incentives, and behavior as they relate to policy-relevant applications.  The term “workshop” represents our conviction that the skills for this research are best acquired and used in a setting where students, working as apprentices and journeymen, have the opportunity to collaborate with experienced scholars.  The central themes of our research include self-governance and democratic reform, as well as collective action in the context of sustainable natural resources.


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