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Moe. 1990. Political institutions: The neglected side of the story. Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization 6:213-253.
MAIN POINT: POLITICAL INSTITUTIONS: TWO SIDES TO THE STORY
Result of this neglect: Many of the other scholars working on political institutions "regard positive theory as irrelevant to what they do. And to a large extent they are right" (249). Thus, Moe offers a "friendly warning about the autopilot features of" new institutionalist ideology that lead them to look primarily at one side of the story, "to encourage mid-course corrections that might help accelerate their progress" (250).
Moe concludes by listing several ideas for future research along these lines.
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