Thursday, April 19, 2012

Ostrom's Influence

As regular readers of this blog will know, I'm not a big fan of ordinal rankings that are not based on agreed-upon objective criteria such as wins and losses. Subjective ranking systems (including, for example, college rankings) are too prone to bias and error to be very useful. But I must say, Time Magazine deserves kudos for including in its new ranking of the 100 most influential humans (see here) my IU colleague and co-editor Lin Ostrom.

By the way, the first review of our recently published book, Property in Land and Other Resources (Lincoln Institute 2012) has just appeared in Planning & Zoning News (available by subscription here). The editor refers to the book as "a fascinating global trip through property rights," and describes each chapter as a "new mind bend," providing a "rich diversity" of  "legal, economic, political, sociological and anthropological perspectives."

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