Vlad Tarko

About Vlad Tarko

My main research interests are in:

- Institutional economics, especially polycentric governance
- Comparative institutional systems, varieties of capitalism
- Entrepreneurship and economic disruption
- History of economic thought, especially Ostrom, Hayek, Buchanan

Selected Publications


Public Governance and the Classical Liberal Perspective: Modern Political Economy Foundations, Oxford University Press, 2019 (co-authored with Paul Dragos Aligica and Peter Boettke).

Elinor Ostrom: An Intellectual Biography, Rowman & Littlefield International, 2017.

Capitalist Alternatives: Models, Taxonomies, Scenarios, Routledge, 2015, (co-authored with Paul Dragos Aligica).

Elinor Ostrom and the Bloomington School: Building a New Approach to Policy and the Social Sciences, under contract with Agenda Publishing (UK) / Columbia University Press (US) (co-editor with Jayme Lemke).

Selected papers:

“The efficiency of regulatory arbitrage” (2019), Public Choice (with Andrew Farrant). [SSRN]

“Escape from Europe: A Calculus of Consent Model of the Origins of Liberal Institutions in North American Colonies” (2019), Constitutional Political Economy (with Kyle O’Donnell). [SSRN]

“Faustian bargains: Power-sharing, constitutions, and the practice of polycentricity” in Governing Complexity: Analyzing and Applying Polycentricity, eds. William A. Blomquist, Dustin Garrick and Andreas Thiel (Cambridge University Press, 2019) (with Edella Schlager and Mark Lutter). [book, SSRN]

“Freedom of Association and Its Discontents: The Calculus of Consent and the Civil Rights Movement” (2019), Research in the History of Economic Thought and Methodology (with Santiago Gangotena) [SSRN]

“Governing the Banking System: An Assessment of Resilience based on Elinor Ostrom’s Design Principles” (2019), Journal of Institutional Economics (with Alex Salter), [SSRN]

“Polycentric Banking and Macroeconomic Stability” (2017), Business and Politics (with Alex Salter). [SSRN]

“The challenge of empirically assessing the effects of constitutions” (2015), Journal of Economic Methodology [PDF]

“The Role of Ideas in Political Economy”  (2015), The Review of Austrian Economics [SSRN, PDF]

“Crony Capitalism: Rent-Seeking, Institutions, and Ideology” (2014), Kyklos (with Paul Dragos Aligica) [PDF]

“Institutional Resilience and Economic Systems: Lessons from Elinor Ostrom’s work” (2014), Comparative Economic Studies (with Paul Dragos Aligica) [PDF]

“Co-Production, Polycentricity, and Value Heterogeneity: The Ostroms’ Public Choice Institutionalism Revisited” (2013), American Political Science Review (with Dragos Paul Aligica) [PDF]

“Polycentricity: From Polanyi to Ostrom, and Beyond” (2012), Governance (with Dragos Paul Aligica) [PDF] [SSRN]

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Contact Information

Vlad Tarko
Office: Social Sciences 221
Office Hours: TR: 2-3, and with appointment
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Courses Taught

Fall 2019:

* PPEL 301, Foundations of Economics

Spring 2020:

* PPEL 150, Capitalism and Socialism
* PPEL 320: Classics in the History of Political Economy