Institutional Constraints on Policy

Ellen M. Immergut

in The Oxford Handbook of Public Policy

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780199548453
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Political Science

 Institutional Constraints on Policy

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This article discusses the institutional constraints on policy. It shows that there is a historical and theoretical affinity between institutional theory and policy theory: institutions have affected policies, and policies have changed people's understandings of institutions. The article looks at the impact of research on public policies on the development of institutional theory. It also examines the implications of institutional theory for the development of public policies.

Keywords: institutional constraints; historical affinity; theoretical affinity; institutional theory; policy theory; understanding of institutions

Article.  6845 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Public Policy ; Comparative Politics

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