Constitutional Political Economy

, Volume 19, Issue 3, pp 180–202

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


    • Department of Political ScienceIndiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)
  • Elinor Ostrom
    • Indiana University Bloomington
    • Arizona State University
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10602-008-9045-5

Cite this article as:
Blomquist, W. & Ostrom, E. Const Polit Econ (2008) 19: 180. doi:10.1007/s10602-008-9045-5


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.


Institutional evolutionInstitutional analysisCourtsEquityWater resources

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