Journals Higher Education



Published: 12 May 2005

308 Pages | 18 figures, 7 tables

ISBN: 9780199280469

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Beyond Continuity

Institutional Change in Advanced Political Economies

Edited by Wolfgang Streeck and Kathleen Thelen

This book brings together a distinguished set of contributors from a variety of disciplines to examine current theories of institutional change. The chapters highlight the limitations of these theories, finding them lacking in the analytic tools necessary to identify the changes occurring at a national level, and therefore tend to explain many changes and innovations as simply another version pr previous situations. Instead, a model emerges of contemporary political economies developing in incremental but cumulatively transformative processes. The contributors show that a wide, but not infinite , variety of models of institutional change exist which can meaningfully distinguished and analytically compared. They offer an empirically grounded typology of modes of institutional change that offer important insights on mechanisms of social and political stability and evolution generally.