Common pool resources like fisheries, open pastures or, more globally, the capacity of our earth to absorb pollutants suffer from the threat of overuse.
Elinor Ostrom, political scientist, one of the world’s leading researchers in the field of environmental economics, and laureate of the Bank of Sweden Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel in 2009, resents a priori conceptions like “private property and markets will internalize the relevant external effects of individual decision making and see to it that scarce environmental resources will be put to the most valuable uses” or, at the other extreme, “what concerns all must be managed by all through central state monopolies”.
Most regrettably Elinor Ostrom herself was prevented by health problems from personal participation and from presenting her lecture on the evening before the colloquium itself. But she had been involved strongly in the planning of the colloquium. Most importantly she had seen to it that her foundational paper ‘Coevolving relationships between political science and economics’ was circulated well in advance among all participants of the colloquium.
Marlies Ahlert (Halle (Saale)), Max Albert (Gießen), Michael Baurmann (Düsseldorf),
Sieghard Beller (Freiburg i.Br.), Andrea Bender (Freiburg i.Br.), Claudia Binder (Müchen),
Gunnar Brandt (Bremen), Sonja Brangewitz (Paderborn), Andreas Flache (Groningen),
Simon Gemkow (Bielefeld), Werner Güth (Jena), Philipp Harting (Bielefeld),
Rainer Hegselmann (Bayreuth), Jochen Hinkel (Potsdam), Claudia Keser (Göttingen),
Alexander Libman (Frankfurt am Main), Margit Osterloh (Zürich), Barkley Rosser (Harrison, VA),
Achim Schlüter (Bremen), Joachim Radkau (Bielefeld), Reinhard Selten (Bonn),
Viktor Vanberg (Fraiburg i.Br.), Frans van Winden (Amsterdam), Björn Vollan (Bremen)