At first blush there feels like some overlap between the Viable System Model and Elinor Ostrom’s Institutional Analysis and Development framework. In that they both approach structures from a multi-level conceptual map, with units acting autonomously at each level but communicating between them. The polycentrism thing. Would be interesting to compare and contrast them.

Really interesting, I had not heard of the theory of collective action, another debunkable so-called ‘tragedy’ of the commons. “Ostrom noted that Olsonโ€™s model of collective action[…] is another model which predicts that the commons will be ruined. Olson (1965) examined political and social movements and was critical of the idea that support for a…

“Often it is asserted that human nature shows we are intrinsically competitive by those on the right, or intrinsically cooperative by those on the left. Ostromโ€™s approach was to reject such broad generalisations and her anti-essentialism made her suspicious of unchanging foundations of human behaviour.” — Derek Wall, #Ostrom’s Rules for Radicals Important point. To…

without close attention to how to construct new structures, aspiration is unlikely to be translated into effective workable systems. I do like how Ostrom’s views could be used as a different tack to organising in socialism. Locally focused but also recognises need for institutional superstructures. However, these made through rules and constitutions of diverse groups,…

In politics we pick a side; in contrast, for Ostrom the main emphasis was to participate in creating rules and, in effect, constitutions. — Derek Wall If I’m understanding Ostrom’s views so far, I’d say the emphasis there is on ‘participate in’, such that rule making is at a local level. Rules and constitutions will…

Interesting to see the links (perhaps only nominal…) between #Ostrom’s social-ecological systems and #Bookchin’s social ecology. Bookchin says that environmental degradation is rooted firmly in patterns of society such as hierarchy and domination. Ostrom with SES says that in making environmental policy, we can only do so by taking into account how it will affect…

When you had no plans for the evening, then you find out from a friend that there’s a book launch on the topic of cooperative alternatives beyond markets & states. Win! http://www.perc.org.uk/project_posts/launch-elinor-ostroms-rules-radicals-derek-wall-1st-december/