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Institutional complementarities and institutional dynamics: exploring varieties in European football capitalism *

Henk Erik Meier

in Socio-Economic Review

Published on behalf of Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics

Volume 6, issue 1, pages 99-133
Published in print January 2008 | ISSN: 1475-1461
Published online September 2007 | e-ISSN: 1475-147X | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ser/mwm009
Institutional complementarities and institutional dynamics: exploring varieties in European football capitalism
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The article takes on the recent criticism about excessive determinism in institutionalist research in comparative political economy. It is argued that institutionalist reasoning holds too strong assumptions about the existence of self-reinforcing features of institutional configurations. In particular, such features are unlikely to be found in institutional configurations in domains shaped by competing logics. For such sectors, a ‘more political’ theory of institutional dynamics referring to the coalitional base of institutional configurations and stabilising efforts by political elites seems more appropriate. The paper provides empirical support for these claims by a comparison of the dynamics of the British and German football industries.

Keywords: varieties of capitalism; embeddedness; causal mechanisms; capabilities; P52 comparative studies of particular economies; L83 sports; gambling; recreation; tourism

Journal Article.  12842 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Moral Philosophy ; Corporate Social Responsibility ; Welfare Economics ; Political Economy ; Economic Sociology

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