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Change and Continuity

Johan P. Olsen

in Governing through Institution Building

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780199593934
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191594632 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199593934.003.0003
Change and Continuity

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Chapter 3 attends to the mechanisms through which institutions arise, evolve, and decline. The main part explores institutional sources of continuity and change, institutionalization and de-institutionalization. It examines the conditions under which deliberate design and reform is likely to be a dominant process of change and the conditions under which existing institutional arrangements are likely to sustain or undermine change. Accounting for how and why institutions emerge and change, however, requires a rephrasing of the questions scholars may aspire to answer. The task of democratic government is not to maximize change. It is to balance order and change, and the scholarly challenge is to account for how and why institutions remain stable as well as how and why they change.

Keywords: change; continuity; institutionalization; de‐institutionalization; institutional sources; democratic government

Chapter.  11833 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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