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The Development of Political Institutions: Power, Legitimacy, Democracy (Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies) (Paperback)

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While the literature on “new institutionalism” explains the stability of institutional arrangements within countries and the divergence of paths of institutional development between countries, Federico Ferrara takes a “historical institutionalist” approach to theorize dynamic processes of institutional reproduction, institutional decay, and institutional change in explaining the development of political institutions. Ferrara synthesizes “power-based” or “power-distributional” explanations and “ideas-based” “legitimation explanations.” He specifies the psychological “microfoundations” of processes of institutional development, drawing heavily from the findings of experimental psychology to ensure that the explanation is grounded in clear and realistic assumptions regarding human motivation, cognition, and behavior. Aside from being of interest to scholars and graduate students in political science and other social-scientific disciplines whose research concentrates on the genesis of political institutions, their evolution over time, and their impact on the stability of political order and the quality of governance, the book will be required reading in graduate courses and seminars in comparative politics where the study of institutions and their development ranks among the subfield’s most important subjects.

About the Author

Federico Ferrara is Associate Professor in the Department of Asian & International Studies at City University of Hong Kong.

Praise For…

“A major contribution to institutional analysis in the social sciences. Federico Ferrara does a masterful job of synthesizing different approaches and developing an exciting new framework that is comprehensive in scope. If I were to assign one book on institutional explanation to my students, it would be this one.”
—James Mahoney, Northwestern University
— James Mahoney

Product Details
ISBN: 9780472038985
ISBN-10: 0472038982
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Publication Date: January 18th, 2022
Pages: 216
Language: English
Series: Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies