Explaining Institutional Change: Ambiguity, Agency, and Power

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  • Copyright: 2009-10-30
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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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.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. vi
Contributorsp. vii
Prefacep. xi
A Theory of Gradual Institutional Changep. 1
Infiltrating the State: The Evolution of Health Care Reforms in Brazil, 1964-1988p. 38
The Contradictory Potential of Institutions: The Rise and Decline of Land Documentation in Kenyap. 63
Policymaking as Political Constraint: Institutional Development in the U.S. Social Security Programp. 94
Altering Authoritarianism: Institutional Complexity and Autocratic Agency in Indonesiap. 132
Rethinking Rules: Creativity and Constraint in the U.S. House of Representativesp. 168
Historical Institutionalism in Rationalist and Sociological Perspectivep. 204
Indexp. 225
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