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Edited by: B. Guy Peters & Jon Pierre

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    • Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd |
    • Publication Year: 2007 |
    • Online Publication Date: April 03, 2013 |
    • DOI: 10.4135/9781446262030 |
    • Print ISBN: 9781412928755 |
    • Online ISBN: 9781446262030 |
    • Series: SAGE Library of Political Science |
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Institutional explanations have been, and continue to be, one of the most important means of understanding the choices made by governments and other actors in society.

This four volume set brings together a collection of the key readings in institutional theory and its applications to political phenomena. Although the principal focus of these readings is on institutional theory based in political science, articles from other disciplines that have been central to the development of theory in this discipline, or that have substantial relevance for political phenomena, have also been included.

Forming part of the SAGE Library of Political Science, this set contains a substantial overall introduction and conclusion as well as shorter introductions to each Part. It is an essential purchase for social science libraries around the ...

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  • Editors' Introduction: Institutionalism in Political Science
    B.GuyPeters and JonPierre

    Attempting to capture the essentials for any field of theory and research as broad and diverse as institutionalism in political science is difficult. This is true even if we have the luxury of four whole volumes, and can choose dozens of papers. Despite the need to make numerous decisions we believe that the collection here is representative of approaches and trends in this field, and we believe that it does provide the reader with an introduction to this field and the background for even more advanced reading, as well as for beginning on research in this area of the discipline.

    The readings that we have included here point to several of the important features of institutionalism in political ...

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