Old Institutionalisms

R. A. W. Rhodes

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

Old Institutionalisms


This article looks at the study of political institutions. It defines and gives examples of four different traditions in the study of political institutions: modernist-empiricist, idealist, formal-legal, and socialist. The main goal of the article is to show there are several long-standing traditions in the study of institutions in the Anglo-American world, and to illustrate that variety worldwide.

Keywords: political institutions; traditions; modernist-empiricist; idealist; formal-legal; socialist

Article.  7673 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Public Policy ; Political Institutions

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