Elaborating the “New Institutionalism”

James G. March and Johan P. Olsen

in The Oxford Handbook of Political Institutions

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780199548460
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Political Science

Elaborating the “New Institutionalism”

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This article expands on ideas that were presented over two decades ago in the article ‘The New Institutionalism: Organizational Factors in Political Life’. Here, some theoretical ideas were suggested that clarify certain aspects of the role of institutions in political life. This article aims to continue on elaborating the ideas presented in the aforementioned article, and does not try to replace more comprehensive reviews of the different institutionalisms, their comparative advantages, and the controversies in the field.

Keywords: role; institutions; political life; institutionalisms; advantages; controversies

Article.  7571 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Political Institutions ; Comparative Politics

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