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Oxford: Oxford University Press, 127–144. These accounts, however, continue to have difficulty (a) in distinguishing institutions from behavior and (b) in explaining when institutions might change. “Co-Production and Oversight: Citizens and Their Police.” Working Paper Series on Civic Engagement and Public Security in Mexico. “Inequality and the Rule of Law: Ineffective Rights in Latin American Democracies.” In Reflections on Uneven Democracies: The Legacy of Guillermo O’Donnell, Daniel M. Brinks , Marcelo Leiras and Scott Mainwaring , eds. For example, one might think of the institutional structure of the U.S. Congress—which is composed of different committees, each with a specialized jurisdiction—as simplifying politics in ways that produced stability and predictability. Riker, W. H. (1980). Weber predicted that the result would be a more homogenous world, a prediction espoused by DiMaggio and Powell (1983) in a famous article in which they claimed that the world was continuing to become more homogenous, but not because of the mechanisms that Weber predicted. 2009. The weakness of strong ties: The lock-in of regional development in the Ruhr area. The Concept of Law. “The Institutional Determinants of Economic Policy Outcomes.” In Haggard, S. and McCubbins, M. Characterized by pluralism and ambiguities, institutional theory still remained important for the researchers across the disciplines. 2016. “The Autonomous Power of the State: Its Origins, Mechanisms and Results.” European Journal of Sociology 25: 185–213. Politicized Enforcement in Argentina: Labor and Environmental Regulation. The Element then examines the sources of institutional weakness. Initially, much of the literature on spatial development was defined deliberately in contradistinction to the kinds of institutionalism seen in economics and political science, while sharing significant orientations with sociology. 2000. “A Model of the Endogenous Development of Judicial Institutions in Federal and International Systems.” Journal of Politics 71 (1): 55–69. Sociological institutionalism. Since institutions were themselves the product of choices (presumably made across multiple dimensions) they should be just as subject to problems of instability as the social choices they purportedly structured. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. The rational choice theory begins, firstly, from the viewpoint of the individual, as opposed to Actors follow rules, either consciously by imitation or coercion or unconsciously by tacit agreement. A second implication is that rough democracy—here conceived of as a general equality in the ability of actors with varying beliefs to affect institutional change—will plausibly result in more rapid and (over the long term) more socially beneficial institutional change than in situations where there are greater power disparities, with the interpretations of a narrow elite of actors with relatively similar understandings prevailing (Allen et al., 2017; Hong & Page, 2004). If institutions are instantiated in beliefs, then the social structures through which beliefs are transmitted (changing in the process of transmission) are likely to play a very important role in shaping institutional outcomes. 2017. New York: Holmes & Meier Publishers. “A Multilevel Approach to Enforcement: Forest Protection in the Argentine Chaco.” 61In Daniel M. Brinks , Steven Levitsky and M. Victoria Murillo , eds., Understanding Institutional Weakness: Lessons from Latin America. But why do they persist over time?” This is a good question, but it rests on a problematic statement. Latin American Law. 2018. Macrosociological approaches looked to disagree with Marxism by showing how other factors than the class struggle generated social structure. 2012. O’Donnell, Guillermo A. This Element introduces the concept of institutional weakness, arguing that weakness or strength is a function of the extent to which an institution actually matters to social, economic or political outcomes. As Clemens and Cook (1999) have suggested, network theory provides one obvious source of insight into how these processes of social transmission might work and be shaped by social relations. 58 Brinks, Daniel M. 2003. Implications from the disequilibrium of majority rule for the study of institutions. W. Shrum, in International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, 2001. Mahoney, James . However, they also plausibly need more than existing accounts of institutions are capable of giving. Element abstract views reflect the number of visits to the element page. Huber, Gregory A. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. As it was developing, a second body of work in economics began to confront a very different puzzle of observed stability (North, 1990). Sociological institutionalism is an offshoot of the classical sociology of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Exploring the interaction of space and networks in the creation of knowledge: An introduction. The former reflected the emphasis of the structure-induced equilibrium approach on explaining how specific institutional features might produce one or another equilibrium, depending, for example, on the order within which actors made choices and had power to set the agenda. The obvious retort is to turn to some external circumstance—such as power relations, the attractions of efficient outcomes, or the binding power of social ritual—to explain why institutions are enduring and how they are capable of exerting force on people’s decisions. Dobbin, Frank , Beth Simmons , and Geoffrey Garrett . If material is not included in the chapter's Creative Commons license and your intended use is not permitted by statutory regulation or exceeds the permitted use, you will need to obtain permission directly from the copyright holder., Over 10 million scientific documents at your fingertips. 2003. Specifically, it rejected the overt individualism of much institutionalism in political science and nearly all institutionalism in economics. Oxford: Oxford University Press: 51–70. North, D. C., Wallis, J. J., & Weingast, B. R. (2009). New York: Cambridge University Press. WOLA (Washington Office on Latin America). Meyer, J. W., Boli, J., Thomas, G. M., & Ramirez, F. O. “Endogenous Participation: Strengthening Prior Consultation in Extractive Economies.” World Politics 70 (1): 86–121. * Views captured on Cambridge Core between #date#. Carpenter, Daniel P. 2001. Pierson, Paul 2016. Van de Walle, Nicholas . The answer—according to a prominent line of argument developed in political science—was institutions. Authoritarianism and the Elite Origins of Democracy. 2017. Actors’ beliefs about the appropriate rule will differ from actor to actor, leading to social friction (where actors find themselves in awkward situations thanks to different interpretations), social learning (when actors with different understandings of a rule can learn from each other), and social opportunism (when actors seek to push for interpretations of the relevant rules that advantage them, potentially disadvantaging others). (1979). McKelvey, R. D. (1976). Amengual, Matthew . “On the State, Democratization and Some Conceptual Problems: A Latin American View with Glances at Some Postcommunist Countries.” World Development 21(8): 1355–69. Institutional theory in IS research • Not as rigourous. Pierson, Paul . Institutional theory seeks to explain why nations are committed to scientific institutions as well as what forms these take. Cities, Business, and the Politics of Urban Violence in Latin America. 2007. Ronconi, Lucas . Actors were constructed within the broader frameworks given by institutions and culture. “The Global Diffusion of Public Policies: Social Construction, Coercion, Competition, or Learning?” Annual Review of Sociology 33: 449–72. At times, North seemed to argue that actors’ microlevel choices were driven by their desire to secure benefits for themselves, regardless of whether this would help or hurt others. Even more pertinently, equilibrium accounts of institutions almost by definition have great difficulty in explaining change. In that sense, rules or institutions are just more alternatives in the policy space and the status quo of one set of rules can be supplanted with another set of rules. Hall, Peter . Institutional theory is at an early stage of development. 44/9: 1267–1297. New York: Cambridge University Press. “Institutions for High-quality Growth: What They Are and How to Acquire Them.” Studies in Comparative International Development 35(3): 3–31. ), Understanding Institutional Weakness: Lessons from Latin America New York: Cambridge University Press. Each of these theories is briefly discussed. Institutions, as sets of rules, shape the incentives in a particular society. “Setting the Rules of the Game: The Choice of Electoral Systems in Advanced Democracies.” American Political Science Review 93(3): 609–24. New York: Cambridge University Press. “How Parties Evaluate Compulsory Quotas: A Study of the Implementation of the ‘Parity’ Law in France.” Parliamentary Affairs 60(4): 568–584. Yet they all struggle with the questions of how to capture endogenous relations between expectations and action, and how to link expectations to underlying causes. Both of these accounts struggled with the question of why institutions have binding force. The Rise of Ethnic Politics in Latin America. 2004. Groups of diverse problem solvers can outperform groups of high-ability problem solvers. 2010. 1996. Columbia University. “The Stickiness of ‘Bad’ Institutions: Constitutional Continuity and Change Under Democracy.” In Daniel M. Brinks , Steven Levitsky and M. Victoria Murillo , (eds. New York: Palgrave Macillan. Bergman, Marcelo . However, these accounts too have had difficulty in reaching generalized lessons, in part because the theoretical concepts they invoked were very often situation specific. In G. Grabher (Ed.). Pérez-Liñán, Aníbal . Each of them has struggled to provide an account of institutions that shows (a) how institutions may be influenced by other factors and (b) how institutions can in turn influence behavior, without either reducing institutions to a mere transmission belt between external forces and human behaviors or treating institutions as coterminous with the behaviors they are trying to explain. 1999. Technology The systems and applications you use and their impact on things such as productivity, efficiency, customer satisfaction, cost and the turnaround time of processes. This provides some theoretical basis for understanding why some societies, such as Classical Athens, have seen rapid adaptation and learning, while others with similar power and resources have stagnated in relative terms (Allen et al., 2017; Ober, 2008). Thinking about institutions in this way allows us to disaggregate these beliefs, following the arguments of Sperber (1996). They have shown us that inclusive economic and political institutions emerge, but not how they do. For example, one obvious implication of this approach is that we should see more rapid institutional change in circumstances where individuals with significantly differing beliefs about the institution come into frequent contact with each other (Allen et al., 2017). Institutional theory helps explains the issue of deviance by suggesting that those institutions with sufficient resources can afford to risk some of those resources in the pursuit of change and innovation. Paths of institutional change were tightly constrained by initial, sometimes arbitrary choices, just as, in the Polya urn processes that path dependence theory built upon, initial distributions of balls of one or the other color could lead to enduring and self-reinforcing patterns. New York: Cambridge University Press. I begin with a brief survey of the rationale among scholars studying knowledge in space for embracing social science accounts of institutions. However, in this chapter, I focus on just one direction of influence—how standard approaches to institutions can inform the study of spatial development and what is currently missing from these approaches. O’Donnell, Guillermo A. This account went together with a considerable skepticism about the notion of the actor (Jepperson, 2002). Mainwaring, Scott . 1994. What is valuable about this conceptualization of institutions? 2008. “Tackling Urban Violence in Latin America: Reversing Exclusion through Smart Policing and Social Investment,” available at www.wola.org/analysis/tackling-urban-violence-in-latin-america-reversing-exclusion-through-smart-policing-and-social-investment/ published June 2011; (last visited on September 18, 2018). (2014). State Building in Latin America. ... theory to transform the institutional structure into a simple tractable parameterization of . Available at www.wilsoncenter.org/sites/default/files/sabet_co-production_oversight_0.pdf. Thus, rational choice institutionalism began by arguing that institutions explained stability in situations of multidimensional choice or, alternatively, why it was that some countries prospered while others failed to grow. This poses the problem of developing equilibrium-based models that can encompass institutional change. Institutional Theory in Political Science: The New Institutionalism. On the one hand, social scientists need a theory of how institutions can change, because they self-evidently do change, while on the other, they need a theory of how institutions can have material consequences for human behavior. 2009. The most basic principle and distinct characteristic to the institutional theory is conformity. “ El Derecho a la Consulta Previa, Libre e Informada: Una mirada crítica desde los pueblos indígenas .” Edited by Instituto Interamericano de Derechos Humanos. The study of institutions has a long pedigree. Technology as an occasion for structuring: Evidence from observations of CT scanners and the social order of radiology departments . “Power and Political Institutions.” Perspectives on Politics 3 (2): 215–233. Hochstetler, Kathryn and Margaret Keck . Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Historical institutionalism began with a different intent and mission—securing some space for the macrohistorical tradition of social inquiry, which was under threat both from quantitative social science, and from micro-oriented rational choice theories. Oslo: Universitetsforlaget. Individual beliefs about the rules will inevitably vary from person to person. “The Political Economy of the Resource Curse.” World Politics 51/2: 297–322. Mahoney, J., & Thelen, K. How Institutions Evolve: The Political Economy of Skills in Germany, Britain, the United States, and Japan. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Elkins, Zachary , Andrew Guzman and Beth Simmons . This approach was swiftly adapted to understand the kinds of questions that North (1990) and his colleagues grappled with. 2005. Murillo, María Victoria Adolescents have their awk-wardness and their acne, but they also embody energy and promise. Lipsky, Michael . In short then, historical institutionalists equivocated between two notions of what history was. Institutions are not ahistorical constants; rather, they are themselves the product of human agency, and as humans enact institutions they correspondingly transform them. Levitsky, Steven and María Victoria Murillo 2013. Political Competition, Partisanship, and Policymaking in Latin America. (1986). This Element introduces the concept of institutional weakness, arguing that weakness or strength is a function of the extent to which an institution actually matters to social, economic or political outcomes. Greif and Laitin’s (2004) game-theoretic account of institutional change is less an account of change as such, than an account of how institutions may have unintended consequences for the parameters that they depend upon, leading them to become self-reinforcing, or self-undermining, depending on whether the behaviors associated with the institution become possible under a broader or narrower range of parameters. People may comply with institutions because they fear the wrath of more powerful actors, or because they recognize the benefits from coordinating on a salient solution, or because they are caught up by the demands of ritual behavior. 2012. (p. 28) “Sovereignty: An Institutional Perspective.” Comparative Political Studies 21: 66–94. Princeton: Princeton University Press. “The Transplant Effect.” American Journal of Comparative Law 51(1): 163–203. 1983. Allen, D., Farrell, H., & Shalizi, C. (2017). Basic results such as Arrow’s Possibility Theorem (Arrow, 2012) suggested that it was impossible to universally reconcile minimal desiderata for decision making. Berkowitz, Daniel , Katharina Pistor , and Jean-Francois Richard . “Informal Institutions and the Rule of Law: The Judicial Response to State Killings in Buenos Aires and São Paulo in the 1990s.” Comparative Politics 36 (1): 1–19. “The Sources of Electoral Reform in Venezuela.” In Matthew Shugart and Martin Wattenberg , eds., Mixed-Member Electoral Systems: The Best of Both Worlds? Notre Dame: Notre Dame University Press. 1961. 1989. Bathelt, H., & Glückler, J. Calvo, Ernesto and Juan Pablo Micozzi . 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