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Title:Unlocking public entrepreneurship and public economies PDF Logo
Authors:Ostrom, Elinor
Issue Date:2005
Series/Report no.:WIDER Discussion Papers // World Institute for Development Economics (UNU-WIDER) 2005/01
Abstract:Unlocking human potential requires a rich network of institutional arrangements in both private and public spheres. Opening the private sphere to entrepreneurship and complex market organization is well understood as a key to increasing the level and quality of private goods available to consumers. Opening the public sphere to entrepreneurship and innovation at local, regional, and international levels is also a key to increasing the level and quality of public goods – e.g., peace, safety, and health – available to citizens. This paper reviews studies of urban service delivery that have repeatedly found communities of individuals who have self-organized to provide and co-produce surprisingly good local services. In addition to unlocking individual freedom, we need to unlock the public sector from rigid, top-down, hierarchical organization.
Subjects:entrepreneurship
urban public services
polycentricity
JEL:H4
H7
D73
D78
ISBN:9291906700
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:WIDER Discussion Papers, United Nations University (UNU)

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