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Governing through Institution Building: Institutional Theory and Recent European Experiments in Democratic Organization

Johan P. Olsen


This book is about political organization and organizing. It is about the role of formally organized political institutions in contemporary democracies and the democratic‐instrumental vision that citizens and their representatives might and ought to decide how they shall be organized and governed. The main argument is that to the extent that the future of democracies depends on the quality of their political institutions and deliberate institution-building capabilities, there is a need for an improved theoretical understanding of political institutions. There is a need for a better comprehensi ... More

Keywords: political institutions, institutional reform, institutional approach, organization theory, political organization, governing, democracy, democratic-instrumental vision, standing antagonisms, European Union

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Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199593934
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199593934.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Johan P. Olsen, author
Professor Emeritus and Former and Founding Director of ARENA - Centre for European Studies, University of Oslo
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