Explaining Institutional Change : Ambiguity, Agency, and Power

Explaining Institutional Change : Ambiguity, Agency, and Power

Details

Author(s)
James Mahoney, Kathleen Thelen
Format
Paperback | 254 pages
Dimensions
150 x 226 x 18mm | 360g
Publication date
18 May 2010
Publisher
CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
Publication City/Country
Cambridge, United Kingdom
Language
English
Illustrations note
7 Tables, unspecified; 4 Line drawings, unspecified
ISBN10
0521134323
ISBN13
9780521134323
Bestsellers rank
77,146

Description

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.


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