Polycentric Governance in Action

Elinor Ostrom’s Nobel Prize-winning work on polycentric governance demonstrates how diverse stakeholders can work together to solve public goods resource problems without resorting to either strong government regulation or market-based solutions.

A great example of this kind of cooperative outcome has just occurred with the cooperative framework established to protect the greater sage grouse in the United States.

Whether the grouse will survive is a separate question.  For now, though, the question of whether private, environmental, and public interest groups can work together seems to have been answered “Yes” for the greater sage grouse.

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