Explaining Institutional Change

Ambiguity, Agency, and Power

by James Mahoney, Kathleen Thelen

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  • 9780521118835
  • 9780511654633
  • 9780511847677
This book contributes to emerging debates in political science and sociology on institutional change. Its introductory essay proposes a new framework for analyzing incremental change that is grounded in a power-distributional view of institutions and that emphasizes ongoing struggles within but also over prevailing institutional arrangements. Five empirical essays then bring the general theory to life by evaluating its causal propositions in the context of sustained analyses of specific instances of incremental change. These essays range widely across substantive topics and across times and places, including cases from the United States, Africa, Latin America, and Asia. The book closes with a chapter reflecting on the possibilities for productive exchange in the analysis of change among scholars associated with different theoretical approaches to institutions.
  • Cambridge University Press; October 2009
  • ISBN: 9780511654633
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  • Title: Explaining Institutional Change
  • Author: James Mahoney (ed.); Kathleen Thelen (ed.)
  • Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Subject categories
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  • 9780521118835
  • 9780511654633
  • 9780511847677

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'Explaining Institutional Change is, simply put, the best guide available to the incremental processes of institutional change that characterize so much of social and political life. Mahoney and Thelen have not only assembled an impressive and illuminating collection of essays showing how and why institutional change plays out as it does in a range of important domains (including a reflection on the field by Peter Hall that would make the book worth having even if it were the only chapter). With their own powerful synthesis of theories of incremental institutional change, they also break important new ground in institutional analysis.' Jacob S. Hacker, Yale University

Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 9780521118835
  • 9780511654633
  • 9780511847677