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Networks and Institutions
Networks and institutions

Research on institutions and networks has proceeded on largely separate trajectories over the past few decades. The former is more associated with work in organizational and political sociology, and the latter serves as the wellspring of research in economic sociology. To be sure, a number of loose linkages exist between the subfields. For example, many institutional studies presume that professional or inter-organizational networks serve as conduits for the diffusion of appropriate practices and ideas. Indeed, much institutional research conflates ‘simple’ diffusion with ‘deep’ institutionalization. Meanwhile, research on networks often considers how categorical or status variations in network structures shape social comparison and stratification processes. But these points of intellectual cross-fertilization have remained undertheorized.1

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