IPSA nos informa que nuestra colega Elinor Ostrom ha fallecido el pasado día 6

La prof. Ostrom, Premio Nóbel, había aceptado impartir una conferencia plenaria en el Congreso que tendrá lugar en Madrid dentro de unos días. Desde AECPA hacemos nuestras las expresiones de condolencia que manifiestan el Presidente Leonardo Morlino y Wyn Grant.

Os enviamos la nota emitida por IPSA.

IPSA and the whole political science community mourns passing of Distinguished Professor and Nobel Laureate Elinor Ostrom (1933-2012)

IPSA is very saddened to announce the passing of Professor Elinor Ostrom. She died of cancer at 6:40 a.m. today (June 6, 2012) at IU Health Bloomington Hospital surrounded by friends and family. Prof. Ostrom, 78, was the first and only women to win the Nobel Prize in economics for her groundbreaking research on the ways that people organize themselves to manage resources. Born August 7th 1933 (Los angeles), she was senior research director of the Vincent and Elinor Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, Distinguished Professor and Arthur F. Bentley Professor of Political Science in the College of Arts and Sciences, and professor in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University. She is survived by Vincent Ostrom, her husband and colleague. She also leaves behind a large extended family of colleagues, collaborators, staff and many friends. Prof. Ostrom was expected to be the keynote speaker at the upcoming IPSA World Congress of Political Science.

Leonardo Morlino President, IPSA

It is with immense sadness that we have learned this morning of the passing of Elinor Ostrom, a political scientist and the first and only woman to be honored with the Nobel Prize in economics (The Sveridges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences). This heartbreaking news came as a shocking surprise to the entire international community of Political Science as we wished Mrs. Ostrom to be among us at the IPSA World Congress of Political Science in Madrid this upcoming July. As Indiana University President, Michael McRobbie, points out, his institution ‘’has lost an irreplaceable and magnificent treasure with the passing of Elinor Ostrom....” I make his words mine as the IPSA community today joins thousands to mourn the passing of one of its own. Elinor Ostrom will always be remembered for her contribution to science and to humanity as she leaves behind her a solid legacy that will empower us in the future to make ours a better world.

Wyn Grant Program Chair, World Congress of Political Science

I was very saddened to hear of the death of Professor Elinor Ostrom. She had kindly agreed to be the keynote speaker at the IPSA Congress at Madrid, but had to withdraw as her medical condition worsened. A former president of the American Political Science Association, Professor Ostrom enjoyed the distinction of having been a Nobel Laureate in Economics. I teach her work each year in my module on Economics and Politics and it was greatly enjoyed by my students, particularly a video clip in which she explained that no one wanted to be a ‘sucker’. In her work Professor Ostrom sought to explore mechanisms for tackling common problems that faced communities across the world, avoiding both statist and market oriented approaches. She sought to find solutions to the ‘Tragedy of the Commons’, exploring the prisoners’ dilemma and using game theoretic reasoning in an innovative way. In recent work she had sought to scale up her work to tackle the problem of climate change through a polycentric approach that recognised the value of ‘bottom up’ ways of tackling this global public bad. She was clearly a great human being, modest, approachable and seeking to be both methodologically rigorous and to outline practical ways of tackling real world problems.  She will be greatly missed.