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Access PointsAn Institutional Theory of Policy Bias and Policy Complexity$
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Sean D. Ehrlich

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199737536

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199737536.001.0001

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Political Institutions, Policy Bias, and Policy Complexity

Political Institutions, Policy Bias, and Policy Complexity

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(p.4) (p.5) Chapter 1 Political Institutions, Policy Bias, and Policy Complexity
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Access Points
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Sean D. Ehrlich

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199737536.003.0001

This chapter introduces the main concepts discussed in the rest of the book, explains the contribution of the book to the relevant literatures in political science and economics, and provides a road map for the rest of the book. The chapter provides a succinct overview of what access points are and how Access Point Theory fits into a new trend in the study of institutions that identifies underlying features that can characterize multiple institutions. The chapter then describes the concepts of policy bias and policy complexity, explaining how these general concepts have been previously investigated and how Access Point Theory adds to our understanding of the policymaking process.

Keywords:   democratic institutions, access points, policy bias, policy complexity

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