This chapter uses the knowledge commons research framework to examine how Congress makes legislation. Specifically, it provides a case that relies upon Madison, Frischmann, and Strandburg’s modified version of Elinor Ostrom’s Institutional Analysis and Development framework. The chapter looks at the background environment for producing legislation, the nature of the legislative community and the resources it creates, and the outcomes of community interactions. It examines the effectiveness of the knowledge commons research framework in the context of congressional legislation and suggests refinements, specifically refinements to encourage future knowledge commons researchers to take account of relationships among rivalrous and nonrivalrous resources.
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