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The New Institutionalism(s): A Framework for the Study of Public Policy in Post-conflict and Post-communist Countries

Ivana Đurić orcid id ; Institute for Advanced Studies, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

Puni tekst: engleski pdf 126 Kb

str. 85-105

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Institutional design for democracy and its functioning in post-communist contexts have been a favourite topic in much of the literature on politics in the past two decades. However, many studies have failed to pay adequate attention to and account for the effects of past legacies and institutions, as well as values and beliefs, many of which have crept, even if disguised, into emerging democratic systems. These processes, as argued in this article, are believed to be best explained by conjoint utilisation of historical and sociological strains of the new institutionalist approach to institutional and policy analysis. In that respect, this article outlines the debate on theoretical approaches within the public policy field and implications from the literature on new institutionalism for the study of much contested concepts of institutions and policy. The reviewed framework enables comprehension and explanation of political action embodied in specific institutional and policy design, its origins, functioning and reproduction as encountered in post-conflict and post-communist states.

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new institutionalism; sociological institutionalism; historical institutionalism; institutions; values and beliefs; logic of appropriateness; institutional recycling; path dependence; policy; policy analysis; public policy and post-conflict and post-communist states; ‘undeserving’ groups

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