Urban Politics and the New Institutionalism

Jonathan S. Davies and Jessica Trounstine

in The Oxford Handbook of Urban Politics

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780195367867
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 Urban Politics and the New Institutionalism

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This article explores the development and applications of neoinstitutionalist thought in urban politics, and evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches. It outlines the distinction between old and new institutionalisms, and explores the dominant neoinstitutional approaches in the urban field, including rational choice, and sociological and historical institutionalisms. The article demonstrates how institutional theories have come to dominate urban political research and suggests that institutionalism has a bright future in urban politics.

Keywords: neoinstitutionalist thought; urban politics; institutionalism; rational choice; institutional theories

Article.  8616 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Public Policy

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