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Daniel Cole

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Daniel H. Cole

Professor of Law and of Public and Environmental Affairs; Harry T. Ice Faculty Fellow; Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Political Science

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Daniel Cole

Professor of Law and of Public and Environmental Affairs; Harry T. Ice Faculty Fellow; Adjunct Professor, Department of Political Science


ROUTLEDGE HANDBOOK OF THE STUDY OF THE COMMONS (co-edited with Blake Hudson and Jonathan Rosenbloom). New York: Routledge, 2019.

ELINOR OSTROM AND THE BLOOMINGTON SCHOOL OF POLITICAL ECONOMY, 4 vols. (co-edited with Michael D. McGinnis). Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2014-2017.

PROPERTY IN LAND AND OTHER RESOURCES (edited with Elinor Ostrom) Cambridge, MA: Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, 2012.

PRINCIPLES OF LAW & ECONOMICS 2nd ed. (with Peter Z. Grossman). New York: Aspen, 2011.

NATURAL RESOURCES LAW (with Jan Laitos, Sandra Zellmer and Mary Wood) Eagan, MN: West, 2006.

PRINCIPLES OF LAW & ECONOMICS (with Peter Z. Grossman) Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2004.


POLLUTION AND PROPERTY: COMPARING OWNERSHIP INSTITUTIONS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002. Chinese translation Cambridge University Press and Peking University Press, 2010.




Goldilocks Deference (with Elizabeth Baldwin and Katie Meehan), 18 JOURNAL OF EMPIRICAL LEGAL STUDIES 167 (2021). [HeinOnline]

Combining the IAD and SES Frameworks (with G. Epstein and M.D. McGinnis), 13 INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF THE COMMONS 1 (2019). [Journal website].

Grandfathering: Environmental Uses and Impacts (with M. Damon, E. Ostrom and T. Sterner), 12 REVIEW OF ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMICS AND POLICY (Published online Jan. 2019).

Institutional Analysis for New Public Governance Scholars (with E. Baldwin and T. Chen), PUBLIC MANAGEMENT REVIEW (Published online Nov. 2018).

Environmental Instrument Choice in a Non-Linear World (with K.A. Paulson Gjerde and P. Z. Grossman), JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMICS AND POLICY (Published online Aug. 2018).

Laws, Norms, and the Institutional Analysis and Development Framework, 13 JOURNAL OF INSTITUTIONAL ECONOMICS 829 (2017).

The Polycentric Turn: A Case Study of Kenya's Evolving Legal Regime for Irrigation Waters (with Stefan Carpenter and Elizabeth Baldwin), 57 NATURAL RESOURCES JOURNAL 1 (2017).

Polycentric Governance and Irrigation Reform in Kenya (with Elizabeth Baldwin, et. al.), 29 GOVERNANCE: AN INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF POLICY, ADMINISTRATION, AND INSTITUTIONS 207 (2016).

Advantages of a Polycentric Approach to Climate Change Policy, 5 NATURE CLIMATE CHANGE 114 (2015). 

"Economic Property Rights" as "Nonsense upon Stilts": A Comment on Hodgson, 11 JOURNAL OF INSTITUTIONAL ECONOMICS 725 (2015). [SSRN]

Contextualizing the Influence of Social NormsCollective Action on Social-ecological Systems (with Tom P. Evans), 6 JOURNAL OF NATURAL RESOURCES POLICY RESEARCH 259 (2014).

Digging Deeper into Hardin's Pasture: The Complex Institutional Structure of 'The Tragedy of the Commons' (with Graham Epstein and Michael D. McGinnis), 10 JOURNAL OF INSTITUTIONAL ECONOMICS 353 (2014). [SSRN]

The Law and Economics Approach to Property, 3 PROPERTY LAW REVIEW 212 (2014). [SSRN]

The Varieties of Comparative Institutional Analysis, 2013 WISCONSIN LAW REVIEW 383 (2013). [HeinOnline] [SSRN

Law, Politics, and Cost-Benefit Analysis, 64 ALABAMA LAW REVIEW 91 (2012). [HeinOnline]

From Global to Polycentric Climate Governance, 2 CLIMATE LAW 395 (2011). [SSRN]

Institutions Matter! Why the Herder Problem Is Not a Prisoners' Dilemma (with Peter Z. Grossman), 69 THEORY & DECISION 219 (2010). [SSRN]

Protecting Private Property with Constitutional Judicial Review: A Social Welfare Approach (with Peter Z. Grossman), 5 REVIEW OF LAW AND ECONOMICS 233 (2009). [SSRN]

'Best Practice' Standards for Regulatory Benefit-Cost Analysis, 23 RESEARCH IN LAW AND ECONOMICS 1 (2007). [SSRN] Reprinted in APPLIED BENEFIT-COST ANALYSIS (Andrew Schmitz and Richard O. Zerbe, Eds.) Northhampton, MA: Edward Elgar, 2008.

Climate Change and Collective Action, 61 CURRENT LEGAL PROBLEMS 229 (2008). [SSRN]

The Stern Review and Its Critics: Implications for the Theory and Practice of Benefit-Cost Analysis, 48 NATURAL RESOURCES JOURNAL 53 (2008). Italian translation in, 4/2007 QA–Rivista dell’Associazione Rossi-Doria 11 (2007). [SSRN] [HeinOnline]

Climate Change, Adaptation, and Development, 26 UCLA JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL LAW AND POLICY 1 (2007). [SSRN] [HeinOnline]

Kelo's Legacy, 37 ENVIRONMENTAL LAW REPORTER 10540 (2007).

Political Institutions, Judicial Review, and Private Property: A Comparative Institutional Analysis, 15 SUPREME COURT ECONOMIC REVIEW 141 (2007). [HeinOnline] [SSRN]

Uncertainty, Insurance and the Learned Hand Formula (with Peter Z. Grossman and Reed Cearley), 5 LAW, PROBABILITY AND RISK 1 (2006). [HeinOnline] [SSRN]

Why Kelo is not Good News for Local Planners and Developers, 22 GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW 803 (2006). [SSRN] [HeinOnline]

The Law and Economics of Development and Environmental: An Introduction to the Symposium, 38 INDIANA LAW REVIEW 577 (2005). [HeinOnline]

Comments on Paper by Jonathan Remy Nash and Richard L. Revesz, 20 RESEARCH IN LAW AND ECONOMICS: An Introduction to the Law and Economics of Environmental Policy: Issues in Institutional Design (T. Swanson & R. Zerbe, Eds.) 379 (2002).

The Meaning of Property Rights: Law vs. Economics? (with Peter Z. Grossman), 78 LAND ECONOMICS 317 (2002). [SSRN]

Toward a Total Cost Approach to Environmental Instrument Choice (with Peter Z. Grossman), 20 RESEARCH IN LAW AND ECONOMICS: An Introduction to the Law and Economics of Environmental Policy: Issues in Institutional Design (T. Swanson & R. Zerbe, Eds.) 223 (2002). [SSRN]

‘An Unqualified Human Good’: E.P. Thompson and the Rule of Law, 28 JOURNAL OF LAW & SOCIETY 177 (2001). [SSRN] [HeinOnline]

Environmental Instrument Choice in a Second-Best World: A Comment on Professor Richards, 10 DUKE ENVIRONMENTAL LAW & POLICY FORUM 287 (2000). [HeinOnline]

The Importance of Being Comparative: The M. Dale Palmer Professorship Inaugural Lecture, 33 INDIANA LAW REVIEW 921 (2000). [HeinOnline]

Clearing the Air: Four Propositions About Property Rights and Environmental Protection, 10 DUKE ENVIRONMENTAL LAW & POLICY FORUM 103 (1999). [HeinOnline]

When is Command-and-Control Efficient? Institutions, Technology, and the Comparative Efficiency of Alternative Regulatory Regimes for Environmental Protection (with Peter Z. Grossman), 1999 WISCONSIN LAW REVIEW 887 (1999). [HeinOnline] [SSRN] Reprinted in 32 LAND USE & ENVIRONMENTAL LAW REVIEW 509 (2001); in THE THEORY AND PRACTICE OF COMMAND AND CONTROL IN ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY (G.E. Helfand and P. Berck Eds.) Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2003; in ECONOMICS OF ENVIRONMENTAL LAW (R. Brooks, Ed.) Cheltenham: Elgar, 2009.  

Poland’s 1997 Constitution in Its Historical Context, 1998 SAINT LOUIS-WARSAW TRANSATLANTIC LAW JOURNAL 1 (1998). [HeinOnline]

Rhetoric, Reality, and the Law of Unfunded Federal Mandates(with Carol Comer), 8 STANFORD LAW & POLICY REVIEW 103 (1997). [HeinOnline]

Accounting for Sustainable Development, 8 FORDHAM ENVIRONMENTAL LAW JOURNAL 123 (1997). [HeinOnline]

An Outline History of Environmental Law and Administration in Poland, 18 HASTINGS INTERNATIONAL & COMPARATIVE LAW REVIEW 297 (1995). [HeinOnline]

Poland’s Progress: Environmental Protection in a Period of Transition, 2 PARKER SCHOOL JOURNAL OF EAST EUROPEAN LAW 279 (1995). [HeinOnline]

Marxism and the Failure of Environmental Protection in Eastern Europe and the U.S.S.R., 17 LEGAL STUDIES FORUM 35 (1993). [HeinOnline]

Debt-Equity Conversions, Debt-for-Nature Swaps, and the Continuing World Debt Crisis, 30 COLUMBIA JOURNAL OF TRANSNATIONAL LAW 57 (1992). [HeinOnline]

Cleaning Up Kraków: Poland’s Ecological Crisis and the Political Economy of International Environmental Assistance, 2 COLORADO JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL LAW & POLICY 205 (1991). [HeinOnline]

Liability Rules for Surface Water Drainage: A Simple Economic Analysis, 12 GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW 35 (1990). [HeinOnline]

Dr. Milton Freewater, 76 THE OWL 94 (1988).

The Federal Power Act’s Municipal Preference: The Merwin Dam Dispute and Legislative Proposals to Amend Federal Hydro-Licensing Procedures, 7 ENERGY LAW JOURNAL 373 (1986). [HeinOnline]

Reviving the Federal Power Act’s Comprehensive Plan Requirement: A History of Neglect and Prospects for the Future, 16 ENVIRONMENTAL LAW 639 (1986). [HeinOnline]

United States v. Pend Oreille County P.U.D. No. 1: A Signal Conflict Between Equal Footing and Aboriginal Indian Title, 16 ENVIRONMENTAL LAW 163 (1986). [HeinOnline]

Tribal Bedlands Claims Since Montana v. United States, 6 PUBLIC LAND LAW REVIEW 119 (1985). [HeinOnline]

Book Chapters

Elinor Ostrom, Pioneer of the Commons (and Much More), in PIONEERS OF ENVIRONMENTAL LAW (Jan G. Laitos and John Copeland Nagle, eds.). NY: Twelve Tables Press 2020.

Introduction: Commons Analytical Frameworks and Case Studies (with Blake Hudson and Jonathan Rosenbloom), in ROUTLEDGE HANDBOOK OF THE STUDY OF THE COMMONS (D. Cole,  B. Hudson, and J. Rosenbloom, Eds.). New York: Routledge, 2019.

A Brief History of U.S. Energy Policy (with Peter Z. Grossman), in DELIVERING ENERGY LAW AND POLICY IN THE EU AND THE US: A READER (R.J. Heffron and G.F.M. Little, Eds.). Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2016.

Origins of Emissions Trading in Theory and Early Practice [SSRN] in RESEARCH HANDBOOK ON EMISSIONS TRADING (S.E. Weishaar, Ed.). Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2016.

The Problem of Shared Irresponsibility in International Climate Law in  DISTRIBUTION OF RESPONSIBILITIES IN INTERNATIONAL LAW (André Nollkaemper and Dov Jacobs, Eds.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015. [SSRN]

Learning from Lin: Lessons and Cautions from the Natural Commons for the Knowledge Commons, in GOVERNING KNOWLEDGE COMMONS (Brett Frischmann, Michael Madison, and Katherine Strandburg, Eds.) New York: Oxford University Press, 2014. [SSRN]

Introduction (with Elinor Ostrom), in PROPERTY IN LAND AND OTHER RESOURCES (D.H. Cole and E. Ostrom, Eds.) Cambridge, MA: Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, 2012.

Property Creation by Regulation: Rights to Clean Air and Rights to Pollute, [SSRN] in PROPERTY IN LAND AND OTHER RESOURCES (D.H. Cole and E. Ostrom, Eds.) Cambridge, MA: Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, 2012.

The Variety of Property Systems and Rights in Natural Resources (with Elinor Ostrom), [SSRN] in PROPERTY IN LAND AND OTHER RESOURCES (D.H. Cole and E. Ostrom, Eds.) Cambridge, MA: Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, 2012.

La complexité choix d'un régime de appropration en matière de protection environnementale, in LES RESSOURCES FONCIERES (Max Falque, Henri Lamotte, and Jean-François Saglio, Eds.) Bruxelles: Bruylant, 2007.

Institutional and Technological Constraints on Environmental Instrument Choice: A Case Study of the US Clean Air Act (with Peter Z. Grossman), in ENVIRONMENTAL POLICYMAKING (M.T. Hatch, Ed.) Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 2005.

Introduction (with Peter Z. Grossman), in THE END OF A NATURAL MONOPOLY: DEREGULATION AND COMPETITION IN THE ELECTRIC POWER INDUSTRY (P.Z. Grossman and D.H. Cole, Eds.) Boston: JAI Press, 2003.


Stranded Costs vs. Stranded Benefits in Utility Deregulation (with Reed Cearley), [SSRN] in THE END OF A NATURAL MONOPOLY: DEREGULATION AND COMPETITION IN THE ELECTRIC POWER INDUSTRY (P.Z. Grossman and D.H. Cole, Eds.) Boston: JAI Press, 2003.

New Forms of Private Property: Property Rights in Environmental Goods, in ENCYCLOPEDIA OF LAW AND ECONOMICS (B. Bouckaert and G. DeGeest, Eds.) Northhampton, MA: Edward Elgar, 2000. Revised and updated for PROPERTY LAW AND ECONOMICS, VOLUME 5: ENCYCLOPEDIA OF LAW AND ECONOMICS, 2d (B. Bouckaert, Ed.) Northhampton, MA: Edward Elgar, 2010.

Environmental Protection and Economic Growth: Lessons from Socialist Europe, in LAW AND ECONOMICS: NEW AND CRITICAL PERSPECTIVES (R.P. Malloy and C. Braun, Eds.) New York: P. Lang, 1995.

Book Reviews

Book Review. Barnes, R. Property Rights in Natural Resources, 19 LAW AND POLITICS BOOK REVIEW 806 (2009).

Book Review. Stroup,R. Eco-nomics: What Everyone Should Know About Economics and the Environment, 4 THE YEARBOOK OF EUROPEAN ENVIRONMENTAL LAW 708 (2005).

Book Review. Taking Coase Seriously: Neil Komesar on “Law’s Limits,”Komesar, N. Law’s Limits: The Rule of Law and the Supply and Demand of Rights, 29 LAW & SOCIAL INQUIRY 261 (2004). [HeinOnline]

Book Review. Andersson, M., Change and Continuity in Poland’s Environmental Policy, Brown, Angel, and Derr, Effective Environmental Regulation: Learning from Poland’s Experience, 43 ENVIRONMENT 44 (2001).

Book Review. From Renaissance Poland to Poland’s Renaissance, Brzezinski, The Struggle for Constitutionalism in Poland, 97 MICHIGAN LAW REVIEW 2062 (1999). [HeinOnline]

Book Review. Manser, R. Failed Transitions: The Eastern European Economy and Environment since the Fall of Communism, 47 EUROPE-ASIA STUDIES 713 (1995).

Book Review. Crosscurrents of Economic Transformation, Rychard, Reforms, Adaptation and Breakthrough, 17 POLISH STUDIES CENTER NEWSLETTER 3 (1994).

Editorials & Commentaries

Elinor Ostrom: ObituaryTHE GUARDIAN, US EDITION (June 13, 2012).

Keep Goal in Focus: Reduce Emissions (with Gabriel Filippelli), INDIANAPOLIS STAR (Mar. 17, 2009).

How Political Institutions Protect Private Property Rights, 3 CONSTITUTIONAL LAW COMMITTEE NEWSLETTER 3 (2007).


An Invisible Hand for Poland's Environment, WALL STREET JOURNAL (Europe) (Sept. 27, 1995), at 10.

Wishes and Realities of Mandate Limits, INDIANAPOLIS STAR (Jan. 24, 1995), at A7.

Getting in on the Biodiversity Action, INDIANAPOLIS STAR (Oct. 12, 1994), at A9.