Large-Scale Institutional Change

Christopher K. Ansell

in Pragmatist Democracy

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199772438
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199918997 | DOI:
Large-Scale Institutional Change

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This chapter explores the possibilities of evolutionary learning on a large-scale by examining macro-institutional change. The chapter conceives of large-scale institutional change as a constitutional process and treats “meta-concepts” as the focal points of this change. Meta-concepts become a platform for institutional evolution when they are multi-vocal and teleological “boundary objects.” The institutionalization of the concept of “sustainable development” illustrates the power and limits of meta-concepts.

Keywords: institutionalism; institutional change; concepts; boundary objects; sustainable development

Chapter.  7874 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Political Theory

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