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Crafting Rules to Sustain Resources

  • Thu, May 29 2008
    • Elinor Ostrom

Robert Dahl had a faith that people could govern themselves, if one was able to enable them to create the kind of complex structures that sometimes we call federal systems but sometimes we call multi-level systems. We are still working on how to develop a good scientific language for dealing with systems that exist within systems that exist within systems. I think the social sciences are now evolving so that we are slowly but surely developing methods to understand complexity rather than trying to eliminate it. For a long time, in the effort to preserve biodiversity, we attempted to eliminate…

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