The Institutional Analysis and Development (IAD) Framework developed at the University of Indiana is very promising for advancing in comparative urban studies. Understanding Institutional Diversity (Ostrom 2005) allows to specify a “Grammar of Institutions” (Crawford, Ostrom, 1995; see also Ostrom, 2005), quite useful to cope with urban allocative conflicts. Conflicts on allocation of urban commons and collective goods are absolutely relevant not only per se, but also as entry point to better grasp urban politics, specially in comparative research. The article will discuss the theoretical foundation of IAD, his main development in territorial studies, and some indications on rules and incentives configuration, specially in development cooperation.
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