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Buy Vlad Tarko’s New Intellectual Biography of Elinor Ostrom

Vlad Tarko’s Elinor Ostrom: An Intellectual Biography is now available for pre-order on Amazon. This is one of those books that’s guaranteed to make you smarter. Highly recommended.

Here are the endorsements, including mine:

Tarko’s concise intellectual biography of Elinor Ostrom provides readers with an authoritative account of the Bloomington School and is a masterful work of political economy in its own right. The fields of economics, political science, and philosophy would be far better off if Ostrom’s insights were more widely understood, and this book should help to make that happen. (Jason Brennan, Robert J. and Elizabeth Flanagan Family Chair and Associate Professor of Strategy, Economics, Ethics, and Public Policy, the McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University)

This is a masterful account of Ostrom’s work. An inspiring synthesis, of an inspiring intellectual life. (Mark Pennington, Professor of Political Economy and Public Policy, King’s College London)

Tarko does an outstanding job capturing the breadth and depth of Lin’s work to produce a course in the New Institutional Economics, as well as an intellectual history of Lin, Vincent and the many scholars associated with the Workshop in Political theory and Policy Analysis at Indiana University.(Robert L. Bish, Professor Emeritus, Economics and Public Administration, University of Virginia)

Vlad Tarko has written more than an intellectual biography of one of the most influential social scientists of her generation. His book is at the same time an insightful introduction and a nuanced interpretation of a fascinating research program with significant applied-level implications. (Paul Dragos Aligica, Senior Research Fellow, George Mason University)

Vlad Tarko’s book adds a valuable perspective on the ideas and work of Elinor Ostrom plus that of Vincent Ostrom and the Bloomington Workshop they established. The extent of their influence, and the reasons for it, come through clearly in these pages. It will be useful for readers looking for an introduction to Elinor’s work, and enjoyable for readers who are already familiar with it. (William Blomquist, Professor, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis)

Vald Tarko has provided a brilliant overview of what Lin Ostrom often referred to as her and Vincent’s “polycentric journey”. Along the way she studied local public economies, the wrestling with common-pool resources throughout the world, and the complexity of economic development. Her enduring research legacy is to be found in both her multiple methodologies approach to studying institutional diversity, and the conclusions she drew on the possibility and sustainability of self-governing democratic societies. Tarko’s book is a must read not only to those who want to learn about Elinor Ostrom and her contributions, but to all students of political economy. (Peter J. Boettke, Professor, George Mason University)

  • gingerbreadman

    Is there a paper ~10 pages long that does a good job of summarizing her work out there?