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Shepsle: Studying Institutions

Disclaimer. Don't rely on these old notes in lieu of reading the literature, but they can jog your memory. As a grad student long ago, my peers and I collaborated to write and exchange summaries of political science research. I posted them to a wiki-style website. "Wikisum" is now dead but archived here. I cannot vouch for these notes' accuracy, nor can I say who wrote them.

Shepsle. 1989. Studying Institutions: Some Lessons from the Rational Choice Approach. Journal of Theoretical Politics 1 (April): 131-147..

"This article examines recent developments in a literature referred to as 'the new institutionalism'. After reviewing some of the consequences for the study of institutions of the behavioral revolution and the elaboration of Arrovian theories of social choice, the author develops the theory of structure-induced equilibrium and explores the two sides of the institutional coin--an examination of the consequences of institutional structure and an explanation of the development of institutional structure."

Stevens gives a good summary of structure-induced equilibria in ch 9 of his book.

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Shepsle, Kenneth (author)Comparative PoliticsRational ChoicePolitical EconomyGame TheoryStructuralismBehavioralismInformationInstitutions

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