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The Theory of Institutional Design - Theories of Institutional Design (Paperback)
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The Theory of Institutional Design - Theories of Institutional Design (Paperback)

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Paperback 304 Pages / Published: 18/06/1998
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Problems of institutional design and redesign, structuring and restructuring, acquired particular poignancy through recent developments from eastern Europe to southern Africa. At the same time, scholars in each of several disciplines - political science, economics, sociology, history and philosophy - have increasingly come to appreciate the important independent role that is, and should be, played by institutional factors in social life. In this volume, disparate theories of institutional design given by each of those several disciplines are synthesized and their peculiar power illustrated. Through analysis of examples ranging from changes in the British welfare state through the transition of eastern European societies to the reward structure of the modern university, the contributors emphasize the important interpenetration of normative and empirical issues in theories of institutional design.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521636438
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 450 g
Dimensions: 228 x 152 x 21 mm


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'The Theory of Institutional Design is required reading for the many people, in many fields, who are interested in the effects of institutions on social life. It is an exceptionally good introduction to the field, and because the interdisciplinary essays are state-of-the-art, it is an important and original contribution as well.' Cass Sunstein, University of Chicago
'Institutional analysis is central to the contemporary social sciences, but is still not adequately understood. Robert Goodin has advanced that understanding with this book on institutional design. The book integrates the approaches of several social science disciplines and relates those approaches to fundamental theoretical and normative questions. Professor Goodin raises a number of questions about the possibilities of the purposive design of institutions, and the process of institutionalization. This is a major contribution to the literature that should be read by all students of social and political theory.' B. Guy Peters, University of Pittsburgh

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