Poststructuralist discourse theory as an independent paradigm for studying institutions: Towards a new definition of ‘discursive construction’ in institutional analysis

  title={Poststructuralist discourse theory as an independent paradigm for studying institutions: Towards a new definition of ‘discursive construction’ in institutional analysis},
  author={Thomas Jacobs},
  journal={Contemporary Political Theory},
  • Thomas Jacobs
  • Published 19 November 2018
  • Sociology
  • Contemporary Political Theory
Poststructuralist discourse theory (DT) is enjoying increasing recognition for its potential to contribute to the study of institutional change and continuity. Yet the most fruitful approach to realizing this potential has hitherto not been found. The main proposition so far has been to operationalize DT’s insights and concepts by adopting them into the framework of discursive institutionalism (DI). However, an ongoing debate about the compatibility of the ontologies underlying DT and DI has… 

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