Vulnerability of Social Norms to Incomplete Information

  • Marco A. Janssen
  • Elinor Ostrom
Part of the Computational Social Sciences book series (CSS)


The ability of groups to self-govern their common pool resources is well documented (Ostrom, 1990). Whether common pool resources are fish stocks or freshwater or forest products, success of self-governance relates to the ability of appropriators to develop trust relationships, monitor and enforce agreements, and communicate among each other.



This work is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation (SES-0748632). The authors thank two anonymous reviewers for helpful comments.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for the Study of Institutional DiversityArizona State UniversityTempeUSA
  2. 2.Workshop in Political Theory and Policy AnalysisIndiana UniversityBloomingtonUSA

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