, Volume 19, Issue 3, pp 180-202

Deliberation, learning, and institutional change: the evolution of institutions in judicial settings

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Abstract

Institutional change entails institutional design, assessment, and modification, which necessarily take place within the constraints and opportunities afforded by existing institutional arrangements. Viktor Vanberg has made major contributions to our understanding of how institutions evolve. We wish to contribute to this symposium in honor of Vanberg by analyzing how institutions for the management of water institutions in Southern California evolved primarily through the use of the courts as settings for deliberation, learning and institutional change.

Earlier versions of this article were presented as a paper at the conference, “New Institutional Economics and Development,” at Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, May 2–4, 2007, and in the research seminar series of the Department of Political Science, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, October 26, 2007.