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Institutions
Institutions
Peter Lista Fabio Rojas
Introduction

Institutionalism is a major theory in the social sciences and focuses on how people create and manipulate ‘the rules of the game'. From the standpoint of institutional theory, social life is characterized by a dense web of constraints that express what ‘society’ believes to be legitimate or appropriate. Indeed, one might argue that institutional theory is a vast elaboration on Max Weber's basic point that there are, at least, three different types of authority: legal-rational, traditional, and charismatic. The primary focus of institutional theory is the birth, emergence, and erosion of ‘legal-rational authority’ and, to a lesser extent, traditional authority. Institutional theorists ask about the nature of the rules that govern ...

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