Dissecting Policy Designs: An Application of the Institutional Grammar Tool

Journal Article (Journal Article)

An enduring challenge for the policy and political sciences is valid and reliable depiction of policy designs. One emerging approach for dissecting policy designs is the application of Sue Crawford and Elinor Ostrom's institutional grammar tool. The grammar tool offers a method to identify, systematically, the core elements that comprise policies, including target audiences, expected patterns of behavior, and formal modes of sanctioning for noncompliance. This article provides three contributions to the study of policy designs by developing and applying the institutional grammar tool. First, we provide revised guidelines for applying the institutional grammar tool to the study of policy design. Second, an additional component to the grammar, called the oBject, is introduced. Third, we apply the modified grammar tool to four policies that shape Colorado State Aquaculture to demonstrate its effectiveness and utility in illuminating institutional linkages across levels of analysis. The conclusion summarizes the contributions of the article as well as points to future research and applications of the institutional grammar tool. © 2011 Policy Studies Organization.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Siddiki, S; Weible, CM; Basurto, X; Calanni, J

Published Date

  • February 1, 2011

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 39 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 79 - 103

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1541-0072

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0190-292X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/j.1541-0072.2010.00397.x

Citation Source

  • Scopus