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