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Capitalist Diversity and ChangeRecombinant Governance and Institutional Entrepreneurs$
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Colin Crouch

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199286652

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199286652.001.0001

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Wahlverwandschaft, Complementarity, and the Theoretical Utility of Institutional Untidiness 1

Wahlverwandschaft, Complementarity, and the Theoretical Utility of Institutional Untidiness 1

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Capitalist Diversity and Change

Colin Crouch (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter asserts the importance of establishing the micro foundations of institutions so as to treat actors as potentially creative and innovative. Weber's concept of ideal types as one-sided accentuations of idealized forms of reality, possibly operating alongside Wahlverwandschaft, needs to be rediscovered and its implications for theory building recognized. This chapter discusses the often unrecognized functionalism of much neo-institutionalism, which is checked by giving an adequate role in the theory to power relations, social compromises, and other contingent results of social interaction. These considerations lead to an important hypothesis: that institutional heterogeneity will facilitate innovation, both by presenting actors with alternative strategies when existing paths seem blocked and by making it possible for them to make new combinations among elements of various paths. Finally, the problematic nature of taking for granted that the boundaries of nation states are the boundaries of institutions and systems of action is considered, and the importance of regarding endogeneity and exogeneity as a continuum is addressed.

Keywords:   no-institutionalism, Wahlverwandschaft, institutional heterogeneity, innovation, nation-states, boundaries, endogeneity, exogeneity

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