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The Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis



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Workshop research has been published in a wide variety of journals, including the principal journals in economics, political science, public administration, sociology, and professional journals in urban and resource administration and other specialized fields. Our books and monographs cover a wide range of topics, all united in their examination of how human beings use institutions to govern themselves.

Colleagues from all over the world have taken inspiration from the Workshop’s core principles and applied them to a number of topics. Amos Sawyer examined efforts to build democracy in Liberia in his book Beyond Plunder: Toward Democratic Governance in Liberia (2005).  Catherine Tucker examined forests and coffee production in Honduras in Changing Forests:  Collective Action, Common Property, and Coffee in Honduras (2008).  Examples of other topics explored include watershed management, dictatorships during Mexico’s early industrialization, property rights in Kenya, and the neurological foundations of political and economic policies.

In addition, the Ostroms’ work continues to be influential.  Vincent Ostrom’s classic works on The Political Theory of a Compound Republic ([1987] 2008) and The Intellectual Crisis in American Public Administration ([1989] 2008) continue to be used in many classrooms in the United States and overseas. Elinor Ostrom’s work on human cooperation in the governance of natural resources, Governing the Commons, was published in 1990. Her 2005 publication outlining a framework for institutional analysis, Understanding Institutional Diversity, has been awarded the William Riker award for the best book in political economy by the American Political Science Association.