The Institutional Grammar Research Initiative (IGRI) convenes scholars from around the world who are interested in the study and practice of institutional analysis. Institutions are the rules (e.g., laws), norms (e.g., social norms), and strategies (e.g., behavioral conventions) that govern behavior in social systems. IGRI activities center around the development of the Institutional Grammar (IG) (Crawford & Ostrom 1995, Basurto et. al. 2010, Siddiki et. al. 2011, Frantz & Siddiki 2022), an increasingly prominent paradigm for supporting the conceptualization and measurement of institutions. The IGRI supports the generation of rigorous and relevant research and is dedicated to the development and dissemination of resources to support researchers and practitioners in their work. These resources also support and convey best practices in IG research.
The IGRI and its activities are designed to support principles of Commons-Based Peer Production (CBPP), which encourage collaboration across sectors (public, private, non-profit) and emphasize the use of open, collaborative platforms and “Copyleft” licensing for engaging scholars with common intellectual interests in scientific problem-solving wherever they live, globally [for information on Copyleft licensing see here and here]. Consistent with these principles, the IGRI supports the development of open-source and open-access intellectual products, public accessibility to IGRI seminars, and broad dissemination of IGRI and related products.
IGRI affiliates are engaged in research focusing on the themes described below. Overarching these cross-cutting research themes is the ambition to develop IGRI as a hub that brings together theoretical, methodological and technical knowledge, as well as serving as an exchange for expertise and best practices. Associated efforts include the provision of infrastructure to serve associated resources (e.g., articles, best practice white papers, dataset repositories, software) along with hosting venues of diverse kind, variably relevant to facilitate exchange amongst established as well as emerging/interested IG scholars (e.g., IGRI Research Seminars, conferences), or inviting audiences without prior exposure to the IG (e.g., workshops, trainings).
For more information on each research theme, please visit the IGRI Research Themes page.
Map showing international representation of IGRI personnel and participants.
The IGRI represents an outgrowth of the National Science Foundation’s Research Coordination Network (RCN) grant “Coordinating and Advancing Analytical Approaches for Policy Design” (award #: 1917908). RCN funds have supported numerous publications and projects by IGRI affiliates and have played a critical role in advancing the study of the Institutional Grammar. You can learn more about the grant here.
The work of the IGRI is also made possible by the Center for Policy Design and Governance and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, which provide staff support to IGRI affiliates and the directorate. You can learn more about the Center for Policy Design and Governance here.