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Increasing Returns, Path Dependence, and the Study of Politics
  • P. Pierson
  • Economics
  • American Political Science Review
  • 1 June 2000
It is increasingly common for social scientists to describe political processes as “path dependent.” The concept, however, is often employed without careful elaboration. This article conceptualizesExpand
The New Politics of the Welfare State
This essay seeks to lay the foundation for an understanding of welfare state retrenchment. Previous discussions have generally relied, at least implicitly, on a reflexive application of theoriesExpand
Politics in Time: History, Institutions, and Social Analysis
List of Figures and Tables ix Acknowledgments xi Introduction: Placing Politics in Time 1 Chapter One Positive Feedback and Path Dependence 17 Chapter Two Timing and Sequence 54 Chapter ThreeExpand
When Effect Becomes Cause: Policy Feedback and Political Change
As governmental activity has expanded, scholars have been increasingly inclined to suggest that the structure of public policies has an important influence on patterns of political change. YetExpand
Coping with Permanent Austerity: Welfare State Restructuring in Affluent Democracies
  • P. Pierson
  • Political Science, Sociology
  • 1 April 2002
Paul Pierson : Die Umstrukturierung der Sozialversicherung der fortschrittlichen Gesellschaften in Zeiten der Budgetdisziplin. ; ; Die fortschrittlichen Industriegesellschaften sind immer grosseremExpand
The Path to European Integration
Observers of the European Community have criticized “intergovernmentalist” accounts for exaggerating the extent of member-state control over European integration. This article grounds theseExpand
The Limits of Design: Explaining Institutional Origins and Change
Political scientists have paid much more attention to the effects of institutions than to issues of institutional origins and change. One result has been a marked tendency to fall back on implicit orExpand
Not Just What, but When: Timing and Sequence in Political Processes
  • P. Pierson
  • Sociology
  • Studies in American Political Development
  • 1 April 2000
Many perceive the clash between those advocating rational choice theory and their critics to be the dominant cleavage in contemporary political science. At least as fundamental, if much less widelyExpand
Winner-Take-All Politics: Public Policy, Political Organization, and the Precipitous Rise of Top Incomes in the United States
The dramatic rise in inequality in the United States over the past generation has occasioned considerable attention from economists, but strikingly little from students of American politics. This hasExpand