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The most important thing about Ostrom is that she does fieldwork.  She goes out and observes existing situations and builds her theories from the reality on the ground.  She is a pragmatic observer with no romantic vision or philosophical dogma to blind her.

She finds what works and then figures out how it does so we can replicate it.

PS:  I am looking for her views on climate change for a piece I've been asked to write so if you come across anything please let me know.  You can reach me directly through my profile connected to http://solarray.blogspot.com

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by gmoke on Tue Oct 20th, 2009 at 10:23:04 PM EST
There's an interview here, so you can read the transcript of that. As I've said in an earlier comment, I don't consider Ostrom's research to be of particularly large importance for global climate policy on the side of mitigation. I do consider it to be extremely important and fairly directly applicable to global efforts on adaptation.

We're talking about spending 100 billion euros a year on assistance for adaptation and mitigation in the developing world. Though the prospects of that are unsure. Still, if it comes that far, there will be a lot of useless or even counterproductive ways to spend that money.

If it's spent with some consideration for the existing institutional framework in a social-ecological-system (which if you include agriculture, as I think you could, includes much of the relevant developing world) and the pressures that climate change will put on it, it becomes a lot more likely that it will be put to good use.

I couldn't get your contact info from your profile. I can forward you some of Ostrom's research if you send me a mail (the address below should work).

by nanne (zwaerdenmaecker@gmail.com) on Wed Oct 21st, 2009 at 05:22:21 AM EST
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