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Institutional Analysis and Development Symposium

April 9-10, 2010 | School of Public Affairs | University of Colorado Denver


On April 9-10, 2010 the School of Public Affairs (SPA) and the Policy Studies Journal (PSJ) held a symposium featuring presentations on the Institutional Analysis and Development (IAD) framework by distinguished IAD scholars, SPA faculty members, and SPA students.  IAD Symposium Agenda

The IAD Framework has been one of the leading approaches for guiding the analysis of public policies, institutions, and collective action for well over a decade. To date, there has not been a comprehensive review of the breadth and impact of this literature, or a current assessment of the future of this framework. 
The Symposium was organized around roundtable presentations from eleven IAD scholars, collaborating on 7 different papers.

The Symposium drew together these scholars from across the country who do not have regular opportunities to meet and engage in synergistic learning about the overarching framework that guides their work, because of the diverse substantive or methodological approaches they use.  The Symposium was meant to provide scholars a way to identify new opportunities for the IAD’s application and areas for theoretical and empirical improvement.
The event was dedicated to the work of Dr. Vincent Ostrom, Arthur F. Bentley Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Indiana University, Bloomington.

Invited scholars for the event, included:

  • Elinor Ostrom, Indiana University , Bloomington
  • Paul Aligica, George Mason University
  • Xavier Basurto, Duke University
  • William Blomquist, Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis
  • Brenda Bushouse, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Michael McGinnis, Indiana University
  • Ron Oakerson, Houghton College
  • Roger Parks, Indiana University
  • Edella Schlager, University of Arizona

SPA Faculty Presenters:

SPA Student Presenters:

The Symposium papers and presentations will address three overarching themes:

Theme 1: Overview and Foundations of the IAD Framework

Theme 2: Methodological Applications of the IAD Framework

Theme 3: Applications of the IAD Framework

The organizing committee included Drs. Peter deLeon (Chairperson), Tanya Heikkila, and Chris Weible from the School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado Denver as well as Drs. Elinor Ostrom from Indiana University and Edella Schlager from the University of Arizona.  Graduate students included Mark Davis, Maureen Ediger, and Saba Siddiki, all of whom are PhD candidates with the School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado Denver.

For more information about the event, please contact Maureen Ediger at or (303) 315-2213.

Other Policy Process Workshops Hosted by the School of Public Affairs

Social Construction Workshop – May 5 – 6, 2009 | Physical Address: 1380 Lawrence St., Ste. 500  Denver, CO  80204 | Mailing Address: University of Colorado Denver, SPA, Campus Box 142, P.O. Box 173364, Denver, CO 80217-3364 | ph: 303.315.2228 | fax: 303.315.2229 | SPA Website Feedback

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