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Reconstructing institutional stability and change Conceptualizing the social ontology of institutional stability and change in Historical Institutionalism

Ottosson, Albin LU (2019) STVM25 20191
Department of Political Science
Abstract (Swedish)
Questions about institutional stability and change are critically important for any understanding of political institutions. The field of Historical institutionalism in political science has described, studied and theorized institutions for decades. One of the most recurring concepts utilized in the explanation of institutional stability is path dependence, describing theoretical and empirical mechanisms upholding a certain institutional stability and continuity. The concept of a critical juncture is utilized in the conceptualization of institutional change in a way that assumes that institutional change occurs in shorter periods of uncertainty and crisis. It has been asserted that the field of historical institutionalism has ignored or... (More)
Questions about institutional stability and change are critically important for any understanding of political institutions. The field of Historical institutionalism in political science has described, studied and theorized institutions for decades. One of the most recurring concepts utilized in the explanation of institutional stability is path dependence, describing theoretical and empirical mechanisms upholding a certain institutional stability and continuity. The concept of a critical juncture is utilized in the conceptualization of institutional change in a way that assumes that institutional change occurs in shorter periods of uncertainty and crisis. It has been asserted that the field of historical institutionalism has ignored or bypassed a more comprehensive conceptual framework for the conceptualization of both institutional stability and change. Conceptualizing stability and change as “two sides of the same coin” is thus theoretically needed, as well as a conceptual, empirical and practical challenge. The thesis presents existing conceptual solutions in Historical institutionalism for stability and change in order to explicitly analyse the conceptual structure and causal mechanism describing and explaining institutional stability and change. The result of this conceptual analysis is that we can and should formulate institutional development in terms of a continued (successful or unsuccessful) reproduction of institutional arrangements. (Less)
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Ottosson, Albin LU
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STVM25 20191
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H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
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English
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8975362
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  abstract     = {Questions about institutional stability and change are critically important for any understanding of political institutions. The field of Historical institutionalism in political science has described, studied and theorized institutions for decades. One of the most recurring concepts utilized in the explanation of institutional stability is path dependence, describing theoretical and empirical mechanisms upholding a certain institutional stability and continuity. The concept of a critical juncture is utilized in the conceptualization of institutional change in a way that assumes that institutional change occurs in shorter periods of uncertainty and crisis. It has been asserted that the field of historical institutionalism has ignored or bypassed a more comprehensive conceptual framework for the conceptualization of both institutional stability and change. Conceptualizing stability and change as “two sides of the same coin” is thus theoretically needed, as well as a conceptual, empirical and practical challenge. The thesis presents existing conceptual solutions in Historical institutionalism for stability and change in order to explicitly analyse the conceptual structure and causal mechanism describing and explaining institutional stability and change. The result of this conceptual analysis is that we can and should formulate institutional development in terms of a continued (successful or unsuccessful) reproduction of institutional arrangements.},
  author       = {Ottosson, Albin},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Reconstructing institutional stability and change Conceptualizing the social ontology of institutional stability and change in Historical Institutionalism},
  year         = {2019},
}