The Institutional Analysis and Design Approach

We will argue that our understanding of public policy can be improved by explicitly infusing institutional theory drawn from the Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis. Our aim is to start a conversation towards a second-generation research agenda on policy studies, which is explicitly grounded in political and institutional theory–in particular the Institutional Analysis and Development framework. Much of the policy literature has relatively been institutions free or do not explicitly recognize the institutional foundations of public policies. We will explore some of the main ideas and contributions of the Ostrom Workshop namely political theory, politics as the art and science of association, polycentricity, methodological individualism and behavioral rational choice.