Rethinking Political Institutions: The Art of the State

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Sterling Professor of Political Science and Henry R Luce Director of the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies Ian Shapiro, Ian Shapiro, Pelatiah Perit Professor of Political and Social Science Stephen Skowronek, Stephen Skowronek, Daniel Galvin, New York University Press
NYU Press, 2006 - Political Science - 346 pages

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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Contents

Institutional Structure and Political Change
133
Institutions and Democracy
239
About the Contributors
323
About the Editors
327
Index
329
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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).

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.

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.