Capitalist Diversity and Change: Recombinant Governance and Institutional Entrepreneurs

Paperback | October 14, 2005

byColin Crouch

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Over the last decade the neo-institutionalist literature on comparative capitalism has developed into an influential body of work. In this book, Colin Crouch assesses this literature, and proposes a major re-orientation of the field. Crouch critiques many aspects of this work and finds a wayof modelling how creative actors trying to achieve change - institutional entrepreneurs - tackle these constraints.Central to the account is the concept of governance, as it is by recombining governance mechanisms that these entrepreneurs must achieve their goals. In seeking how to analyse the spaces in which they operate, Crouch criticises and deconstructs some dominant approaches in socio-political analysis:to typologies, to elective affinity and complementarity, to path dependence. He develops a theory of governance modes, which includes potentially decomposing them into their core components. Finally, he proposes a reorientation of the neo-institutionalist research programme to take more account ofdetailed diversity and potentiality for change. The book is primarily theoretical, but it makes liberal use of examples, particularly from studies of local economic development and politics.

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Over the last decade the neo-institutionalist literature on comparative capitalism has developed into an influential body of work. In this book, Colin Crouch assesses this literature, and proposes a major re-orientation of the field. Crouch critiques many aspects of this work and finds a wayof modelling how creative actors trying to ac...

Professor Colin Crouch is chair of the Institute of Governance and Public Management at the Business School of Warwick University. He is also the External Scientific member of the Max-Planck-Institute for the Study of Societies at Cologne. He is chairman, and former joint editor, of The Political Quarterly, and immediate past-presi...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.46 inPublished:October 14, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199286655

ISBN - 13:9780199286652

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Table of Contents

1. Neo-Institutional Analysis and Comparative Capitalism2. Typologies of Capitalism3. Wahlverwandschaft, Complementarity, and the Theoretical Utlitity of Institutional Untidiness4. Innovation and Path Dependence5. A Strategy for the Analysis of Institutional Governance and innovation6. Recombinant Governance Mechanisms: Cases7. Conclusions: A Reformed Neo-institutionalist Research Programme