Institutionalism and neo-institutionalism: history of the concepts

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This article discusses the history of neoinstitutional theory. It starts with a definition of the term institution and then discusses the development of neoinstitutionalism in economics, political science, and sociology. It also addresses differences between the main strands of neoinstitutionalism and concludes with a brief overview of the discursive institutionalism.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational encyclopedia of the social and behavioral sciences
EditorsJames D Wright
Place of PublicationAmsterdam, The Netherlands
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9780080970875
ISBN (Print)9780080970868
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Constructivist institutionalism
  • Discursive institutionalism
  • Economic institutionalism
  • Historical institutionalism
  • Institutionalism
  • Neoinstitutionalism
  • Organizational institutionalism
  • Rational-choice institutionalism
  • Sociological institutionalism

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