04/12/2017 Ostrom Memorial Lecture - Kenneth Shepsle: "Rule Breaking and Political Imagination"
From David Price on April 13th, 2017
This lecture is based on a soon-to-appear book of stories about institutions and how they sometimes fail to perform in ways we expect. Institutions have figured prominently in theories of politics of the last half-century. The classic statement of what came to be known as the new institutionalism was articulated by the late Nobel Laureates Douglass North and Elinor Ostrom, summarizing the realization that institutions structure and constrain rational action. As the economic historian Joel Mokyr observed, “Institutions are in a way much like prices in a competitive market: individuals can respond to them differently, but they must take them parametrically and cannot change them.” They channel the choices of individual actors.