Institutional explanations have been, and continue to be, one of the most important means of understanding the choices made by governments and other actors in society. This four volume set brings together a collection of the key readings in institutional theory and its applications to political phenomena. Although the principal focus of these readings is on institutional theory based in political science, articles from other disciplines that have been central to the development of theory in this discipline, or that have substantial relevance for political phenomena, have also been included. Forming part of the SAGE Library of Political Science, this set contains a substantial overall introduction and conclusion as well as shorter introductions to each Part. It is an essential purchase for social science libraries around the world. Part I - Institutionalisms, Old and New Part II - The Revival of Institutionalism Part III - Approaches to Institutionalism Part IV - Applications of Institutionalism Part V - Theoretical Problems Part VI - Institutionalism as Methodology Part VII - Critiques of Institutionalism Part VIII - Conclusion
B. Guy Peters is Maurice Falk Professor of American Government at the University of Pittsburgh. He has written extensively in the areas of public administration and public policy, both for the United States and comparatively. Among his recent publications are the Handbook of Public Administration and The Quest for Control: Politicization of the Public Service. I am a research professor in the department of political science, University of Gothenburg. I am also adjunct professor at the University of Pittsburgh and at the Nordland University in Bodo, Norway. I have held numerous overseas visiting appointments, most recently at the City University of Hong Kong, University of Melbourne and University of Auckland.
PART ONE: INSTITUTIONALISMS, OLD AND NEW Institutionalism 'Old' and 'New' - Philip Selznick Institutionalism Reconsidered - David E Apter Political Structure Revived - David Easton Understanding Radical Organizational Change - Royston Greenwood and C R Hinings Bringing Together the Old and the New Institutionalism PART TWO: THE REVIVAL OF INSTITUTIONALISM The New Institutionalism - James G March and Johan P Olsen Organizational Factors in Political Life Theoretical Decay and Theoretical Development - Karen L Remmer The Resurgence of Institutional Analysis The Theoretical Core of the New Institutionalism - Ellen Immergut PART THREE: APPROACHES TO INSTITUTIONALISM A. General Treatments Political Science and the Three New Institutionalisms - Peter A Hall and Rosemary C R Taylor Institutional Theories and Public Institutions - J-C Thoenig Traditions and Appropriateness Institutions and Rationality in Politics - J Kato Three Varieties of Neo-Institutionalists What Is an Institution? - John R Searle B. Normative Analysis Institutional Perspectives on Political Institutions - James G March and Johan P Olsen Institutions and Their Design - Robert E Goodin The Ambiguity of Appropriateness - Tom Christensen and Kjell Arne Rovik C. Rational Choice Implications from the Disequilibrium of Majority Rule for the Study of Institutions - William H Riker Political Institutions - Terry Moe The Neglected Side of the Story An Agenda for the Study of Institutions - Elinor Ostrom D. Historical Approaches to the State - Stephen Krasner Alternative Conceptions and Historical Dynamics Increasing Returns, Path Dependence and the Study of Politics - Paul Pierson The Politics of Path Dependency - B Guy Peters, Jon Pierre and Desmond S King Conflict in Historical Institutionalism E. Empirical Institutions, Veto Points and Policy Results - Ellen Immergut A Comparative Analysis of Health Care Assessing the Effects of Institutions - R Kent Weaver and Bert A Rockman Democracies - Arend Lijphart Forms, Performance and Constitutional Engineering Institutions and Environmental Performance in Seventeen Western Democracies - Lyle A Scruggs F. Sociological Institutionalizing Organizations - John W Meyer and Brian Rowan Formal Structure as Myth and Ceremony Prolegomena to a Theory of Social Institutions - Talcott Parsons Commentary - James S Coleman Social Institutions and Social Theory The Iron Cage Revisited - Paul J Dimaggio and Walter Powell Institutional Isomorphism and Collective Rationality in Organizational Fields Economic Institutions as Social Constructions - Mark Granovetter A Framework for Analysis Path Dependence in Historical Sociology - James Mahoney G. Economics Shared Mental Models - Arthur T Denzau and Douglas C North Ideologies and Institutions Bounded Rationality, Institutions and Uncertainty - David Dequech On the Evolutionary Character of North's Idea of Institutional Change - Michael Zouboulakis PART FOUR: APPLICATIONS OF INSTITUTIONALISM A. Legislatures The Institutionalization of the US House of Representatives - Nelson W Polsby Legislative Institutionalization - David Judge A Bent Analytical Arrow? The Power of the European Parliament as a Conditional Agenda Setter - George Tsebelis B. Political Executives The Institutionalization of the American Presidency, 1924-92 - Lyn Ragsdale and John J Theis Governmentalizing Central Executives in Post-Communist Europe - Klaus H Goetz and Hellmut Wollmann A Four-Country Comparison C. Bureaucracy How Bureaucratic Structure Matters - Morten Egeberg An Organizational Perspective Modeling Operational Decision-Making in Public Organizations - Tanya Heikkila and Kimberley R Isett An Integration of Two Institutional Theories D. Courts A Political Regimes Approach to the Analysis of Legal Decisions - Cornell W Clayton and David A May E. Parties and Interest Groups Institutionalization - Angelo Panebianco A 'New Institutional' Perspective on Policy Networks - Jens Blom-Hansen F. Democratization Disequilibrium Institutions and Pluralist Democracy - Josep M Colomer Institutions, Path Dependence and Democratic Consolidation - Gerard Alexander G. Federalism The Joint Decision Trap - Fritz Scharpf Lessons from German Federalism and European Integration H. International Relations The Anatomy of Autonomy - Jonas Tallberg An Institutional Account of Variation in Supranational Influence New Institutionalism and the Governance of the Single Market - Simon Bulmer Taking Institutions Seriously - John Vogler How Regime Analysis Is Relevant to Multilevel Environmental Governance Norms, Culture and World Politics - Martha Finnemore Insights from Sociology's Institutionalism I. Public Policy Do Institutions Really Matter? Taxation in Industrial Democracies - Sven Steinmo and Caroline J Tolbert How Fragmentation Can Improve Co-Ordination - Philipp Genschel Setting Standards in International Telecommunications Altered States - Andrew P Cortell and Susan Peterson Explaining Domestic Institutional Change PART FIVE: THEORETICAL PROBLEMS A. Creating Institutions Institutional Design in Democratic Contexts - Johan P Olsen The Limits of Design - Paul Pierson Explaining Institution Origins and Change B. Institutionalization and Deinstitutionalization Bureaucracy, Bureaucratization and Debureaucratization - S N Eisenstadt Political Development and Political Decay - Samuel P Huntington The Antecedents of Deinstitutionalization - Christine Oliver C. Institutional Change Politics and Institutionalism - Elisabeth S Clemens and James M Cook Explaining Durability and Change 'Seek and Ye Shall Find!' - Christoph Knill and Andrea Lenschow Linking Different Perspectives on Institutional Change Ideas, Institutions and Political Order - Robert C Lieberman Explaining Political Change Institutional Stability and Change - Johannes Lindner Two Sides of the Same Coin D. Organizations and Institutions Organizations versus Institutions - E L Khalil The Adolescence of Institutional Theory - W Richard Scott Institutional Theories of Organizations - Lynne G Zucker PART SIX: INSTITUTIONALISM AS METHODOLOGY Institutionalism as Methodology - Daniel Diermeier and Keith Krehbiel Studying Institutions - Kenneth A Shepsle Some Lessons from the Rational Choice Approach PART SEVEN: CRITIQUES OF INSTITUTIONALISM Nine Questions to a Neo-Institutional Theory in Political Science - Ove K Pedersen Cultural Theory and the New Institutionalism - Gunnar Grendstad and Per Selle The Compatibility of Behaviouralism, Rational Choice and 'New Institutionalism' - Keith Dowding Roles, Rules and Rationality in the New Institutionalism - Donald D Searing Appropriateness and Consequences - Kjell Goldmann The Logic of Neo-Institutionalism Structure, Agency and Historical Institutionalism - Colin Hay and Daniel Wincott PART EIGHT: CONCLUSION
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