Capitalist Diversity and Change: Recombinant Governance and Institutional Entrepreneurs

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Overview

Over the last decade the neo-institutionalist literature of comparative capitalism has developed into an influential body of work. In this book, Colin Crouch assesses this literature, and proposes a major re-orientation of the field. Crouch critiques and finds a way of modeling how creative actors trying to achieve change - institutional entrepreneurs - tackle these constraints. Central to the account is the concept of governance, as it is by recombining governance mechanism that these entrepreneurs must achieve their goals. In seeking how to analyze the spaces in which they operate, Crouch criticizes and deconstructs some dominant approaches in socio0political analysis: to typologies, to elective affinity and complementarity, to path dependence. He develops a theory of governance modes, which includes potentially decomposing them into their core components. Finally, he proposes a reorientation of the neo-institutionalist research program to take more account of detailed diversity and potentiality for change. The book is primarily theoretical, but it makes liberal use of examples, particularly from studies of local economic development and politics.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199286478
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 12/8/2005
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 6.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Professor Colin Crouch is chair of the Institute of Governance and Public Management at the Business School of Warwick University. He is also the External Scientific member of the Max-Planck-Institute for the Study of Societies at Cologne.

He is chairman, and former joint editor, of The Political Quarterly, and immediate past-president of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE). His most recent books include: (edited, with Streeck, W.) Political Economy of Modern Capitalism: The Future of Capitalist Diversity (Sage, 1997); Are Skills the Answer? (with David Finegold and Mari Sako, OUP, 1999); Social Change in Western Europe (OUP, 1999); (with others) Local Production Systems in Europe: Rise or Demise (OUP, 2001); Postdemocrazia (Laterza, 2003) (in English as Post-Democracy (Polity, 2004)); and (with others) Changing Governance of Local Economies: Response of European Local Production Systems (OUP, 2004).

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Table of Contents

1. Neo-Institutional Analysis and Comparative Capitalism
2. Typologies of Capitalism
3. Wahlverwandschaft, Complementarity, and the Theoretical Utlitity of Institutional Untidiness
4. Innovation and Path Dependence
5. A Strategy for the Analysis of Institutional Governance and innovation
6. Recombinant Governance Mechanisms: Cases
7. Conclusions: A Reformed Neo-institutionalist Research Programme

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