The Theory of Institutional Design

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Overview

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 specialists in each of those several disciplines are synthesized and their peculiar power illustrated. Drawing upon traditions from Kantian ethics to public choice economics, from organizational sociology to discourse analytics, the contributors emphasize the important interpenetration of normative and empirical analysis in examples ranging from changes in the British welfare state through the reward structure of the modern university to the transition of eastern European societies.
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"The insights emerging from these additional areas of research have important implications for the types of work in political science and economics that are represented in these volumes, especially on issues of individual motivation and social context." Jack Knight, American Political Science
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521636438
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2003
  • Series: Theories of Institutional Design Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors
Preface
1 Institutions and Their Design 1
2 Institutional Design and Rational Choice 54
3 Second Best Theories and the Implications for Institutional Design 90
4 The Informal Logic of Institutional Design 103
5 Institutional Morality 126
6 The Publicity Principle 154
7 Designing Institutions in East European Transitions 199
8 Political Deals in Institutional Settings 227
9 Self-inventing Institutions: Institutional Design and the U.K. Welfare State 240
10 Selection and the Currency of Reward 256
Name Index 277
Subject Index 281
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