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Explaining Institutional Change in Europe

Adrienne Heritier


This book poses the question: how and why do institutions change? Institutions, understood as rules of behaviour constraining and facilitating social interaction, are subject to different forms and processes of change. A change may be designed intentionally on a large scale and then be followed by a period of only incremental adjustments to new conditions. But institutions may also emerge as informal rules, persist for a long time and only be formalized later. The causes, processes, and outcomes of institutional change raise a number of conceptual, theoretical, and empirical questions. While w ... More

Keywords: institutional transformation, Intergovernmental Conferences of Treaty reform, institutional rules, European Parliament, treaty revisions, long-term change, European Union

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199298129
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199298129.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Adrienne Heritier, author
Professor of Political Science, Joint Chair Department of Political and Social Science and Robert-Schuman Center for Advanced Studies, European University Institute Florence