An Introduction to IAD and the Language of the Ostrom Workshop: A Simple Guide to a Complex Framework


Michael D. McGinnis is a Professor, Political Science and Director, Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, Indiana University, Bloomington.


This guide provides definitions or brief explanations of all the major terms and concepts used in the Institutional Analysis and Development (IAD) framework. Also included are terms from the closely related frameworks on local public economies, public service industries, grammar of institutions, and social-ecological systems (SES).