Political Institutions—Old and New

Klaus von Beyme

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

Political Institutions—Old and New

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This article discusses the old and new political institutions. It begins with a study of the transformation from old institutions to new institutions; it is noted that there are a few ‘new institutions’ that developed in the three waves of democratization. The article also examines the evolution of the theories of institutions. The discussion shows that institutions develop less quickly than theories on institutions. ‘Historical institutions’ even demonstrate that institutional traditions are not easy to change.

Keywords: political institutions; waves of democratization; evolution; theories of institutions; historical institutions; institutional traditions

Article.  6308 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Political Institutions ; Comparative Politics

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