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Historical Institutionalism and International Relations: Explaining Institutional Development in World Politics

Thomas Rixen, Lora Anne Viola, and Michael Zürn


The observation that the international institutional order has proven highly resilient in the face of exogenous shocks, while at the same time undergoing significant changes, has focused scholarly attention on questions of “institutional development.” This book addresses the challenge of explaining both stability and change in international institutions. First, we show that historical institutionalism (HI), thus far relatively neglected within international relations (IR), offers a set of analytical resources and substantive insights that are particularly useful for the kinds of questions IR i ... More

Keywords: institutional development, institutional change and stability, historical institutionalism, speed, scope, and depth of change, EU competition policy, global financial regulation, World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations (UN), civil society

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198779629
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198779629.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Thomas Rixen, editor
Professor of Political Science, University of Bamberg

Lora Anne Viola, editor
Assistant Professor of Politics, Free University of Berlin

Michael Zürn, editor
Director of the research unit "Global Governance" at the WZB Berlin Social Science Center, and Professor of International Relations at the Free University of Berlin

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