Elinor Ostrom and the Bloomington School

Building a New Approach to Policy and the Social Sciences

Edited by Jayme Lemke, Vlad Tarko

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208 pages   |  234 x 156mm   |  27 May 2021


"A wonderful collection illuminating the diversity, complexity and inspiration provided by the work of both Elinor and Vincent Ostrom. It deserves to be read with care". – Derek Wall, Goldsmiths University of London


Elinor Ostrom was the first woman to win the Nobel Prize in economics and her achievement has generated renewed interest in the Bloomington School research program in institutional economics and political economy.

These new essays showcase Ostrom’s extensive and lasting influence throughout economics and the wider social sciences. They contextualize the Bloomington School within schools of economic thought and show how Ostrom’s distinct methodology is used in policy-making and governance. Case studies are used to illustrate the value of civic involvement within public policy, a method pioneered by Ostrom and the Bloomington School.

The book provides a valuable resource for those keen to understand Ostrom’s approach, especially when applied to policy-making and wider application in the social sciences. Readers new to the Bloomington School will be introduced to its central areas of research while those already familiar will appreciate its subtle connections to other disciplines and research agendas.


1. Introduction: the Bloomington School in context
Jayme Lemke and Vlad Tarko

2. Public choice theory: reuniting Virginia and Bloomington
Emil Duhnea and Adam Martin

3. New institutional economics: building from shared foundations
Michael D. McGinnis

4. Elinor Ostrom as a behavioural economist
Vlad Tarko

5. New economic sociology and the Ostroms: a combined approach
Alice Calder and Virgil Henry Storr

6. Foundations of social order: the Ostroms and John Searle
Adrian Miroiu and Adelin Dumitru

7. Environmental policy from a self-governance perspective
Jayme Lemke and Jordan K. Lofthouse

8. Learning from the socialist calculation debate: is efficiency in public economics possible?
Peter J. Boettke

9. Public administration from "intellectual crisis" to "contemporary "governance theory"
Paul Dragos Aligica

10. Rethinking federalism: social order through evolution or design?
Rosolino A. Candela

Author Information

Jayme Lemke is a Senior Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and a Senior Fellow in the F. A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics.

Vlad Tarko is Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Economy and Moral Science at the University of Arizona. He is the author of Elinor Ostrom: An Intellectual Biography (2017) and co-author of Capitalist Alternatives: Models, Taxonomies, Scenarios (2015).

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