Constitutional Political Economy

, Volume 19, Issue 3, pp 180–202 | Cite as

Deliberation, learning, and institutional change: the evolution of institutions in judicial settings

  • William Blomquist
  • Elinor Ostrom
Original Paper


Institutional change entails institutional design, assessment, and modification, which necessarily take place within the constraints and opportunities afforded by existing institutional arrangements. Viktor Vanberg has made major contributions to our understanding of how institutions evolve. We wish to contribute to this symposium in honor of Vanberg by analyzing how institutions for the management of water institutions in Southern California evolved primarily through the use of the courts as settings for deliberation, learning and institutional change.


Institutional evolution Institutional analysis Courts Equity Water resources 



The authors are grateful to both sets of participants who commented on the paper. Additional comments from colleagues Daniel Cole, Peter Cullen, Jack Knight, Bruce Lankford, and Mike Young were very helpful and are appreciated. The support of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation is deeply appreciated.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceIndiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)IndianapolisUSA
  2. 2.Indiana University BloomingtonBloomingtonUSA
  3. 3.Arizona State UniversityTempeUSA

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