Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, Indiana

Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis

The Workshop with its directors, the Nobel Prize winner Elinor Ostrom, James Walker, Michael McGinnis and Vincent Ostrom, is among the top places world-wide to research human institutions and community structures.

Here is what they say about themselves:

The betterment of humankind depends on the ability of fallible human beings to make decisions, manage resources, and govern themselves. This is the basis of democracy, and of civilization itself. It is also the basis for more than 30 years of research and inquiry at the Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis at Indiana University in Bloomington.

The Workshop’s teaching and research probes the inner workings of human institutions—structures of rules used to govern people and resources, in this usage—in order to better understand what works and what does not. Institutions affect every facet of life, from public services to family and community structures to natural resources and beyond, and the Workshop’s research helps people design and adapt their institutions so that they generate better outcomes.