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Four Volume Set
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July 2007 | 1 784 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
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.

Philip Selznick
Institutionalism 'Old' and 'New'
David E Apter
Institutionalism Reconsidered
David Easton
Political Structure Revived
Royston Greenwood and C R Hinings
Understanding Radical Organizational Change
Bringing Together the Old and the New Institutionalism

James G March and Johan P Olsen
The New Institutionalism
Organizational Factors in Political Life

Karen L Remmer
Theoretical Decay and Theoretical Development
The Resurgence of Institutional Analysis

Ellen Immergut
The Theoretical Core of the New Institutionalism
A. General Treatments
Peter A Hall and Rosemary C R Taylor
Political Science and the Three New Institutionalisms
J-C Thoenig
Institutional Theories and Public Institutions
Traditions and Appropriateness

J Kato
Institutions and Rationality in Politics
Three Varieties of Neo-Institutionalists

John R Searle
What Is an Institution?
B. Normative Analysis
James G March and Johan P Olsen
Institutional Perspectives on Political Institutions
Robert E Goodin
Institutions and Their Design
Tom Christensen and Kjell Arne Rovik
The Ambiguity of Appropriateness
C. Rational Choice
William H Riker
Implications from the Disequilibrium of Majority Rule for the Study of Institutions
Terry Moe
Political Institutions
The Neglected Side of the Story

Elinor Ostrom
An Agenda for the Study of Institutions
D. Historical
Stephen Krasner
Approaches to the State
Alternative Conceptions and Historical Dynamics

Paul Pierson
Increasing Returns, Path Dependence and the Study of Politics
B Guy Peters, Jon Pierre and Desmond S King
The Politics of Path Dependency
Conflict in Historical Institutionalism

E. Empirical
Ellen Immergut
Institutions, Veto Points and Policy Results
A Comparative Analysis of Health Care

R Kent Weaver and Bert A Rockman
Assessing the Effects of Institutions
Arend Lijphart
Forms, Performance and Constitutional Engineering

Lyle A Scruggs
Institutions and Environmental Performance in Seventeen Western Democracies
F. Sociological
John W Meyer and Brian Rowan
Institutionalizing Organizations
Formal Structure as Myth and Ceremony

Talcott Parsons
Prolegomena to a Theory of Social Institutions
James S Coleman
Social Institutions and Social Theory

Paul J Dimaggio and Walter Powell
The Iron Cage Revisited
Institutional Isomorphism and Collective Rationality in Organizational Fields

Mark Granovetter
Economic Institutions as Social Constructions
A Framework for Analysis

James Mahoney
Path Dependence in Historical Sociology
G. Economics
Arthur T Denzau and Douglas C North
Shared Mental Models
Ideologies and Institutions

David Dequech
Bounded Rationality, Institutions and Uncertainty
Michael Zouboulakis
On the Evolutionary Character of North's Idea of Institutional Change
A. Legislatures
Nelson W Polsby
The Institutionalization of the US House of Representatives
David Judge
Legislative Institutionalization
A Bent Analytical Arrow?

George Tsebelis
The Power of the European Parliament as a Conditional Agenda Setter
B. Political Executives
Lyn Ragsdale and John J Theis
The Institutionalization of the American Presidency, 1924-92
Klaus H Goetz and Hellmut Wollmann
Governmentalizing Central Executives in Post-Communist Europe
A Four-Country Comparison

C. Bureaucracy
Morten Egeberg
How Bureaucratic Structure Matters
An Organizational Perspective

Tanya Heikkila and Kimberley R Isett
Modeling Operational Decision-Making in Public Organizations
An Integration of Two Institutional Theories

D. Courts
Cornell W Clayton and David A May
A Political Regimes Approach to the Analysis of Legal Decisions
E. Parties and Interest Groups
Angelo Panebianco
Jens Blom-Hansen
A 'New Institutional' Perspective on Policy Networks
F. Democratization
Josep M Colomer
Disequilibrium Institutions and Pluralist Democracy
Gerard Alexander
Institutions, Path Dependence and Democratic Consolidation
G. Federalism
Fritz Scharpf
The Joint Decision Trap
Lessons from German Federalism and European Integration

H. International Relations
Jonas Tallberg
The Anatomy of Autonomy
An Institutional Account of Variation in Supranational Influence

Simon Bulmer
New Institutionalism and the Governance of the Single Market
John Vogler
Taking Institutions Seriously
How Regime Analysis Is Relevant to Multilevel Environmental Governance

Martha Finnemore
Norms, Culture and World Politics
Insights from Sociology's Institutionalism

I. Public Policy
Sven Steinmo and Caroline J Tolbert
Do Institutions Really Matter? Taxation in Industrial Democracies
Philipp Genschel
How Fragmentation Can Improve Co-Ordination
Setting Standards in International Telecommunications

Andrew P Cortell and Susan Peterson
Altered States
Explaining Domestic Institutional Change

A. Creating Institutions
Johan P Olsen
Institutional Design in Democratic Contexts
Paul Pierson
The Limits of Design
Explaining Institution Origins and Change

B. Institutionalization and Deinstitutionalization
S N Eisenstadt
Bureaucracy, Bureaucratization and Debureaucratization
Samuel P Huntington
Political Development and Political Decay
Christine Oliver
The Antecedents of Deinstitutionalization
C. Institutional Change
Elisabeth S Clemens and James M Cook
Politics and Institutionalism
Explaining Durability and Change

Christoph Knill and Andrea Lenschow
'Seek and Ye Shall Find!'
Linking Different Perspectives on Institutional Change

Robert C Lieberman
Ideas, Institutions and Political Order
Explaining Political Change

Johannes Lindner
Institutional Stability and Change
Two Sides of the Same Coin

D. Organizations and Institutions
E L Khalil
Organizations versus Institutions
W Richard Scott
The Adolescence of Institutional Theory
Lynne G Zucker
Institutional Theories of Organizations
Daniel Diermeier and Keith Krehbiel
Institutionalism as Methodology
Kenneth A Shepsle
Studying Institutions
Some Lessons from the Rational Choice Approach

Ove K Pedersen
Nine Questions to a Neo-Institutional Theory in Political Science
Gunnar Grendstad and Per Selle
Cultural Theory and the New Institutionalism
Keith Dowding
The Compatibility of Behaviouralism, Rational Choice and 'New Institutionalism'
Donald D Searing
Roles, Rules and Rationality in the New Institutionalism
Kjell Goldmann
Appropriateness and Consequences
The Logic of Neo-Institutionalism

Colin Hay and Daniel Wincott
Structure, Agency and Historical Institutionalism