Panel: Sharpening Our Tools In Analyzing Policy Designs
(Public & Non-Profit Management)

Saturday, November 10, 2012: 3:30 PM-5:00 PM
Poe (Sheraton Baltimore City Center Hotel)

*Names in bold indicate Presenter

Organizers:  Chris Weible, University of Colorado, Denver
Moderators:  Adam Sheingate, Johns Hopkins University
Chairs:  Barry Pump, Office of the Historian, U.S. House of Representatives

Among the prerequisites for improved effectiveness and efficiencies in governance are policy designs that clearly specify what is required, permitted, and forbidden on topics ranging from regulation to government contracting. One of the enduring challenges in understanding policy designs is the lack of effective tools for identifying and analyzing its content. This panel explores the puzzle of understanding the content of policy designs through the application of the Institutional Grammar Tool, originally created by Elinor Ostrom and Sue Crawford (1995). This panel will be the first to feature a set of papers that seek to sharpen the analytical precision and widen the general applicability of the institutional grammar tool for dissecting policies to improve processes of regulation, implementation, and contracting.

Applying the Institutional Grammar Tool to Understanding Contract Design
Saba Siddikki, Indiana University and Deanna Maletesta, Indiana University Purdue University-Indianapolis

Using the Institutional Grammar Tool to Understand Brownfield Action Situations
Ellen Rogers, Washington State University Vancouver

The Architecture of Action In the Usda's National Organic Program
David Carter1, Chris Weible1, Xavier Basurto2, John Brett3 and Saba Siddikki4, (1)University of Colorado, Denver, (2)Duke University, (3)University of Colorado Denver, (4)Indiana University

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