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Institutional Analysis of Rules-In-Form Coding Guidelines



Institutions are “the prescriptions that humans use to organize all forms of repetitive and structured interactions” (Ostrom, 2005, p. 3). Regardless of the label by which they are referred, such as rules or norms, institutions are social constructions: they represent shared understandings of behavior among actors who recognize, follow, and enforce the prescriptions. This document outlines a series of coding methods that can be used to analyze institutions-in-form, such as those found in public policy documents - from administrative rules to constitutions. The method is inspired by, and builds upon, the conceptual foundations of Elinor and Vincent Ostrom’s Institutional Analysis and Development (IAD) framework (Kiser & Ostrom, 1982; Ostrom, 2005) and the grammar of institutions (ADICO) (Crawford and Ostrom 1995). This coding manual also represents an update of the Formal Institutional Analysis Coding Guidelines provided by Siddiki, Weible, Basurto, and Carter in 2011.

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Published May 30, 2018

Ute Brady, Arizona State University

Xavier Basurto, Duke University

Abigail Bennett, unaffiliated

David P. Carter, The University of Utah

Jeffrey Hanlon, Northern Arizona University

Tanya Heikkila, University of Colorado, Denver

Aaron Lien, University of Arizona

Sara Miller Chonaiew, unaffiliated

Tomás Olivier, University of California, Los Angeles

Edella Schlager, University of Arizona