Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Combining the IAD and SES Frameworks

Finally, after (way) too many years, a preview version of Cole, Epstein, and McGinnis, "The Utility of Combining the IAD and SES Frameoworks" is available (open-access) at the website of The International Journal of the Commons. Here is the abstract:

"Elinor Ostrom's IAD and SES frameworks are widely used among social scientists, but each framework suffers from significant problems not shared by the other. The IAD framework lacks detail in terms of the specific social and ecological variables that influence social interactions, resulting in inconsistent applications of a supposedly common framework. The SES framework was designed specifically to resolve that problem, but has lost the dynamic character of the IAD framework. As a result it excels at identifying configurations of social, ecological and institutional factors associated with outcomes, but cannot explain the process by which these factors interact across action situations to generate those outcomes, let alone predict or prescribe changes to social-ecological conditions over time. This article seeks to remedy the problems of each framework by combining them to facilitate detailed and process-oriented studies of social-ecological systems. We then demonstrate the utility of the combined IAD-SES framework by applying it to describe the historical development of Maine's lobster fishery. Future applications of the framework have the potential to address several longstanding questions in the literature on common-pool resources regarding the role of history, power and dynamic social and ecological processes in influencing prospects for environmental sustainability. "

You can view or download the entire article here:

Monday, April 8, 2019

Roundtable discussion of Helena Rosenblatt's, "The Lost History of Liberty'

Here's a video from a Tocqueville Program "Round Table" last week on Helena Rosenblatt's book, "The Lost History of Liberalism." I'm the second discussant, about 75 minutes into the video.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

An Interdisciplinary Scholar's Dilemma?

Do most law professors hear about, let alone read, articles that are not published in law journals? That's not a rhetorical question; I'm really interested to learn the answer. As an interdisciplinary scholar, most of my publications are in social-science journals or books. Either legal scholars are mostly unfamiliar with those works or find them irrelevant to their own work. Only about 11% of my total citations (according to Google Scholar) are found in law journals (according to Hein Online).

Perhaps it is one of the perils of interdisciplinary scholarship. But I am intrigued by the lack of interest (awareness?) among legal scholars, particularly those working in the areas of Environmental Law and Property Law. Here is a short sample of articles and book chapters (with hyperlinks), all written within the last decade, that I would think would be of some value to some environmental law professors: