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1 A Theory of Gradual Institutional Change

  title={1 A Theory of Gradual Institutional Change},
  author={J. Mahoney and K. Thelen},
  • J. Mahoney, K. Thelen
  • Published 2009
  • Once created, institutions often change in subtle and gradual ways over time. Although less dramatic than abrupt and wholesale transformations, these slow and piecemeal changes can be equally consequential for patterning human behavior and for shaping substantive political outcomes. Consider, for example, the British House of Lords. This is an institution that began to take shape in the thirteenth century out of informal consultations between the Crown and powerful landowners. By the early… CONTINUE READING
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