Institutions and Social Conflict

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A thorough critique of a wide range of theories of institutional change is followed by the development of a new theory of institutional change that emphasizes the distributional consequences of social institutions.
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A thorough critique of a wide range of theories of institutional change is followed by the development of a new theory of institutional change that emphasizes the distributional consequences of social institutions.
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"Overall, this is an interesting book written with clarity and conciseness and contains a very valid argument for understanding the emergence and development of social institutions." Review of Radical Political Economics
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Table of Contents

Series editors' preface
Preface
Ch. 1 Introduction 1
Classical accounts of institutional change 4
Contemporary theories of institutional change 9
Rationality and social institutions 13
The outline of this book 19
Ch. 2 The Primary Importance of Distributional Conflict 21
The benefits of social institutions 22
Rationality and institutional benefits 27
A distributive conception of social institutions 40
Ch. 3 Institutions and Strategic Choice: Information, Sanctions, and Social Expectations 48
The complexity of strategic decision making 50
Institutions and social expectations 53
Implications for a theory of social institutions 66
A final clarification 82
Ch. 4 The Spontaneous Emergence of Social Institutions: Contemporary Theories of Institutional Change 84
The logic of evolutionary explanations 85
Evolutionary theories of institutional change 94
Conclusions 122
Ch. 5 The Spontaneous Emergence of Social Institutions: A Bargaining Theory of Emergence and Change 123
Institutional emergence: bargaining and asymmetries of power 126
A comparative analysis: the emergence of rules of property division 151
Ch. 6 Stability and Change: Conflicts Over Formal Institutions 171
The stability of informal institutions 173
The state and conflicts over formal institutions 188
The strategic choice of institutions: a comparison of effects 195
Ch. 7 Conclusion 209
Explanation 209
Justification 212
Research agenda 213
Bibliography 215
Index 231
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