Rethinking Political Institutions

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2006-05-01
  • Publisher: New York Univ Pr

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View the Table of Contents. Read the Introduction.Institutions shape every dimension of politics. This volume collects original essays on how such institutions are formed, operated, and changed, both in theory and in practice. Ranging across formal institutions of government such as legislatures, courts, and bureaucracies and intermediary institutions such as labor unions and party systems, the contributors show how these instruments of control give shape to the state, articulate its relationships, and express its legitimacy. Rethinking Political Institutions captures the state of the art in the study of the art of the state.Drawing on some of the leading scholars in the field, this volume includes essays on issues of social power, public policy and programs, judicial review, and cross-national institutions. Rethinking Political Institutions is an essential addition to the debate on the significance of political institutions, in light of democracy, social change and power.Contributors: Elisabeth S. Clemens, Jon Elster, John Ferejohn, Terry M. Moe, Claus Offe, Paul Pierson, Ulrich K. Preuss, Rogers M. Smith, Kathleen Thelen, Mark Tushnet, R. Kent Weaver, Margaret Weir, Keith E. Whittington

Table of Contents

Introduction 1(8)
PART I: Institutional Study and Its Boundaries
1 Political Institutions and Social Power: Conceptual Explorations
Claus Offe
2 Power and Political Institutions
Terry M. Moe
3 Practical Institutionalism
John Ferejohn
4 Which Comes First, the Ideas or the Institutions?
Rogers M. Smith
5 Public Policies as Institutions
Paul Pierson
PART II: Institutional Structure and Political Change
6 Institutions and Social Change: The Evolution of Vocational Training in Germany
Kathleen Thelen
7 When Does Politics Create Policy? The Organizational Politics of Change
Margaret Weir
8 Lineages of the Rube Goldberg State: Building and Blurring Public Programs, 1900-1940
Elisabeth S. Clemens
9 Government Institutions, Policy Cartels, and Policy Change
R. Kent Weaver
PART III: Institutions and Democracy
10 Institutions for Implementing Constitutional Law
Mark Tushnet
11 Beyond Rational Self-interest: Authors and Actors in French Constitution-Making
Jon Elster
12 Preserving the "Dignity and influence of the Court": Political Supports for Judicial Review in the United States
Keith E. Whittington
13 The Significance of Cognitive and Moral Learning for Democratic Institutions
Ulrich K. Preuss
About the Contributors 323(4)
About the Editors 327(2)
Index 329

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