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The Theory of Institutional Design

The Theory of Institutional Design

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Robert E. Goodin, Philip Pettit, Bruce Talbot Coram, John S. Dryzek, Russell Hardin, David Luban, Claus Offe, Kenneth A. Shepsle, Rudolf Klein, Geoffrey Brennan
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  • Date Published: August 1998
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521636438

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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.

    • An extensive introduction to 'new institutionalism' across a range of disciplines - politics, sociology, economics, and philosophy
    • A collection of leading scholars in the field from across the world
    • Mixes theory and examples, both within and across chapters
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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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    • Date Published: August 1998
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521636438
    • length: 304 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 155 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.45kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Notes on contributors
    1. Institutions and their design Robert E. Goodin
    2. Institutional design and rational choice Philip Pettit
    3. Second best theories and institutional design: a note on statics and dynamics Bruce Talbot Coram
    4. The informal logic of institutional design John S. Dryzek
    5. Institutional morality Russell Hardin
    6. The publicity principle David Luban
    7. Designing institutions in East European transitions Claus Offe
    8. Political deals institutional settings Kenneth A. Shepsle
    9. Self-inventing institutions: institutional design and the UK welfare state Rudolf Klein
    10. Selection and the currency of reward Geoffrey Brennan.

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    Robert E. Goodin, Australian National University, Canberra


    Robert E. Goodin, Philip Pettit, Bruce Talbot Coram, John S. Dryzek, Russell Hardin, David Luban, Claus Offe, Kenneth A. Shepsle, Rudolf Klein, Geoffrey Brennan

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