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About Institutions, Mainly, but not Exclusively, Political

Jean Blondel

in The Oxford Handbook of Political Institutions

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780199548460
Published online September 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199548460.003.0036

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Political Science

 About Institutions, Mainly, but not Exclusively, Political

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This article discusses the concept of institution by examining the components of an institution and the way in which institutionalization can increase or decrease. It considers the place to be given to organizations and to procedures based on the definition of institutions. It reveals the major differences across the social sciences and in particular political, social, and economic fields. The article is also concerned with institutionalization, and reveals marked differences among the social sciences.

Keywords: institution; components; institutionalization; procedures; major differences; social sciences; marked differences

Article.  6353 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Political Institutions ; Comparative Politics

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