Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/52899
Authors: 
Ostrom, Elinor
Year of Publication: 
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

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