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Institutional theory : problems and prospects

Institutionentheorie : Probleme und Perspektiven
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Peters, B. Guy

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Corporate Editor Institut für Höhere Studien (IHS), Wien
Abstract 'Die theoretische Perspektive des Institutionalismus war in den letzten Jahren sehr erfolgreich, weist aber immer noch einige wesentliche theoretische und methodologische Probleme auf. Eines dieser Probleme ist, daß Institutionalismus oft sehr unbeweglich wirkt. Ein weiteres Problem bezieht sich auf die Schwierigkeiten Institutionen zu messen. Diese Probleme werden im vorliegenden Papier diskutiert und das Konzept der 'Institutionalisierung' kritisch beleuchtet, mit dem Ziel die Dynamik des Vorganges besser zu begreifen und bessere Erklärungen für soziale und politische Phänomene mit Hilfe des Institutionalismus zu erzielen.' (Autorenreferat)

'Institutional theory in political science has made great advances in recent years, but also has a number of significant theoretical and methodological problems. The most important of these problems is the generally static nature of institutional explanations. Also, there is a nagging problem of the difficulties in measuring institutional variables in other than simplistic, nominal categories. As well as discussing these problems this paper addresses the static nature of institutional theory by examining the concept of 'institutionalization', and the creation (and tearing down) of institutional structures. The paper argues that by considering institutionalization as a continuous variable rather than a nominal variable we can begin to understand better the dynamics of institutions themselves, and therefore also develop better institutional explanations for other social and political phenomena.' (author's abstract)|
Keywords structural change; institutional change; institutionalization; institutionalism; value change; system theory
Classification General Concepts, Major Hypotheses and Major Theories in the Social Sciences; General Sociology, Basic Research, General Concepts and History of Sociology, Sociological Theories
Method basic research
Document language English
Publication Year 2000
City Wien
Page/Pages 18 p.
Series Reihe Politikwissenschaft / Institut für Höhere Studien, Abt. Politikwissenschaft, 69
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications
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