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Old Questions and New Answers about Institutions: The Riker Objection Revisited

Kenneth A. Shepsle

in The Oxford Handbook of Political Economy

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780199548477
Published online September 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199548477.003.0059

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Political Science

Old Questions and New Answers about Institutions: The Riker Objection Revisited

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This article revisits some old issues about institutions and suggests some new considerations. The article is focused on micro-analytical aspects of institutions and on interpretations of institutions that are micro-analytical, and that explicitly involve human agency, and are game theoretic. It then determines how institutions are chosen and maintained, before moving on to a discussion of the Riker Objection and modes of procedural change.

Keywords: institutions; micro-analytical; interpretations; human agency; game theoretic; Riker Objection; procedural change

Article.  9158 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Political Institutions ; Comparative Politics

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