Constructivist Institutionalism

Colin Hay

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

Constructivist Institutionalism

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This article provides a summary of the distinctiveness of constructivist institutionalism and tries to identify the nature of the challenge that it poses. It considers the origins of constructivist institutionalism and the ontological and analytical distinctiveness of constructivist institutionalism's turn to ideas. This includes a discussion of the associated nature of the challenge that it poses on existing neoinstitutionalist perspectives. The article concludes with a section on the contribution to the analysis of complex institutional change made by constructivist institutionalism.

Keywords: constructivist institutionalism; origins; ontological distinctiveness; analytical distinctiveness; neoinstitutionalist perspectives; institutional change

Article.  8031 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Political Institutions ; Comparative Politics

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