Sociological Perspectives on Institutions and Neo-Institutionalism

Willem Trommel, Romke van der Veen

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    ‘Sociology is first and foremost the science of institutions’ (Durkheim, 1950: ix) Consider this early statement of Emile Durkheim and then consider the current revival of institutionalism in such variant fields as the political, admin­istrative and economic sciences. One might easily conclude that the relevance of sociology has been rediscovered after a period of neglect. Indeed, where March and Olsen (1984) stress the importance of the ‘organizational factor in political life’ and where Weaver and Rockman (1993) argue that ‘institutions matter’ they actually call attention to what Durkheim labeled the sui generis character of social facts.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationPolitical Institutions and Public Policy
    Subtitle of host publicationPerspectives on European Decision Making
    EditorsBernard Steunenberg, Frans van Vught
    Place of PublicationDordrecht
    PublisherKluwer Academic Publishers
    Number of pages22
    ISBN (Electronic)978-94-015-8603-0
    ISBN (Print)978-90-481-4818-9
    Publication statusPublished - 1997


    • Welfare State
    • Social institution
    • Institutional change
    • Behavioral predisposition
    • Social progress


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