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Overview

Institutions shape every dimension of politics. This volume collects original essays on how such institutions are formed, operated, and changed, both in theory and in practice. Ranging across formal institutions of government such as legislatures, courts, and bureaucracies and intermediary institutions such as labor unions and party systems, the contributors show how these instruments of control give shape to the state, articulate its relationships, and express its legitimacy. Rethinking Political Institutions captures the state of the art in the study of the art of the state. Drawing on some of the leading scholars in the field, this volume includes essays on issues of social power, public policy and programs, judicial review, and cross-national institutions. Rethinking Political Institutions is an essential addition to the debate on the significance of political institutions, in light of democracy, social change and power. Contributors: Elisabeth S. Clemens, Jon Elster, John Ferejohn, Terry M. Moe, Claus Offe, Paul Pierson, Ulrich K. Preuss, Rogers M. Smith, Kathleen Thelen, Mark Tushnet, R. Kent Weaver, Margaret Weir, Keith E. Whittington.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814740262
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2006
  • Pages: 346
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Ian Shapiro is Sterling Professor of Political Science at Yale University, where he also serves as Henry R. Luce Director of the Yale Center for International and Area Studies. He is the editor or author of numerous books, most recently Political Contingency (NYU Press) and Rethinking Political Institutions (NYU Press).

Stephen Skowronek is the Pelatiah Perit Professor of Political and Social Science at Yale University and co-author most recently of The Search for American Political Development.

Daniel Galvin an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Northwestern University.

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Table of Contents

1 Political institutions and social power : conceptual explorations 9
2 Power and political institutions 32
3 Practical institutionalism 72
4 Which comes first, the ideas or the institutions? 91
5 Public policies as institutions 114
6 Institutions and social change : the evolution of vocational training in Germany 135
7 When does politics create policy? : the organizational politics of change 171
8 Lineages of the Rube Goldberg state : building and blurring public programs, 1900-1940 187
9 Government institutions, policy cartels, and policy change 216
10 Institutions for implementing constitutional law 241
11 Beyond rational self-interest : authors and actors in French constitution-making 260
12 Preserving the "dignity and influence of the court" : political supports for judicial review in the United States 283
13 The significance of cognitive and moral learning for democratic institutions 303
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