The Oxford Handbook of Political Institutions

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The study of political institutions is among the founding pillars of political science. With the rise of the 'new institutionalism', the study of institutions has returned to its place in the sun. This volume provides a comprehensive survey of where we are in the study of political institutions, covering both the traditional concerns of political science with constitutions, federalism and bureaucracy and more recent interest in theory and the constructed nature of institutions. The Oxford Handbook of Political Institutions draws together a galaxy of distinguished contributors drawn from leading universities across the world.

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"The thoughtful essays in the handbooks are far more than literature reviews. Scholars and students will find them to be an invaluable resource for many years to come."—Morris P. Fiorina, Senior, Fellow at the Hoover Institution and Wendt Family Professor of Political Science at Stanford University

"Spanning all of the major substantive areas and approaches in modern political science, this blockbuster set is a must-have for scholars and students to alike. Each volume is crafted by a distinguished set ofris editors who have assembled critical, comprehensive, essays to survey accumulated knowledge and emerging issues in thee study of politics. These volumes will help to shape the discipline for many years to come."—Theda Skocpol, Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology, and Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199548460
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 8/15/2008
  • Series: Oxford Handbooks Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 840
  • Sales rank: 996,019
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Meet the Author

R. A. W. Rhodes is Director of the Research School of Social Sciences and Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Australian National University.

Sarah A. Binder is Professor of Political Science at George Washington University.

Bert A. Rockman is Professor of Political Science and Head of the Department at Purdue University.

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Table of Contents

Part I. Approaches
1. Normative Institutionalism, James March and Johan P. Olsen
2. Rational Choice Institutionalism, Ken Shepsle
3. Historical Institutionalism, Elizabeth Sanders
4. Constructivist Institutionalism, Colin Hayin
5. Network Institutionalism, Chris Ansell
6. Old Institutionalism, R. A. W. Rhodes
Part II. Institutions
7. State and State-Building, Bob Jessop
8. Development of Civil Society, Jose Harris
9. Economic Institutions, Michael Moran
10. The Institutions of Social Inclusion and Exclusion, Mathew Holden
11. Constitutions, Peter Shane
12. Constitutions (Comparative), Josep Colomer
13. American Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations, Alberta Sbragia
14. Comparative Federalism, Brian Galligan
15. Territorial Institutions, Jean Claude Thoening
16. Executives - the American presidency, William Howell
17. Executives in Parliamentary Systems, R. A. W. Rhodes
18. Comparative Executive-Legislative Relations, Mathew Shugart
19. Public Bureaucracies, Don Kettl
20. Welfare State, Jacob Hacker
21. The Regulatory State?, John Braithwaite
22. Legislative Organization, John Carey
23. Legislative Behavior, Ric Uslaner and Thomas Zittel
24. Bicameralism, John Uhr
25. Comparative Local Governance, Gerry Stoker
26. Judicial Institutions, Jim Gibson
27. Judicial Processes, Kevin McGuire
28. Political Parties, John Aldrich
29. Electoral Systems, Shaun Bowler
30. Institutions of direct democracy, Ian Budge
31. International Political Institutions, Richard Higgott
32. International Security Institutions, John Duffield
33. International Economic Institutions, Lisa Martin
34. International NGOs, Ann Florini
Part III. Past and Present
35. Encounters with Modernity, Samuel H. Beer
36. About Institutions, Mainly, But Not Exclusively, Political, Jean Blondel
37. Thinking Institutionally, Hugh Heclo
38. Political Institutions - Old and New, Klaus Von Beyme

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