Conceptualizing Continuity and Change

  title={Conceptualizing Continuity and Change},
  author={Taylor C. Boas},
  journal={Journal of Theoretical Politics},
  pages={33 - 54}
  • Taylor C. Boas
  • Published 1 January 2007
  • Economics
  • Journal of Theoretical Politics
Political scientists studying institutional development face the challenge of accounting for both continuity and change over time. Models of path dependence based on increasing returns, inspired by the example of the QWERTY typewriter keyboard, have played an important role in the analysis of institutional continuity, but they have been criticized for their inability to accommodate change. In this article I present an alternative model of path dependence inspired by the example of the Internet… 

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