Understanding Variation in Processes of Institutional Formation

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Understanding Variation in Processes of Institutional Formation. / Lowndes, Vivien; Lempriere, Maximilian.

In: Political Studies, Vol. 66, No. 1, 01.02.2018, p. 226-244.

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title = "Understanding Variation in Processes of Institutional Formation",
abstract = "The article asks why institutional reforms work in one place and not another, and why old ways of doing things can prove so resilient. It argues in favour of a concept of institutional formation, which is different from {\textquoteleft}institutional design{\textquoteright} as a time-limited event or {\textquoteleft}institutional change{\textquoteright} as an open-ended historical trajectory. Institutional formation is conceptualised as an animated, nested and embedded process. A multi-level framework is developed that specifies the links between institutional actors, institutional rules and institutional contexts. The model is elaborated with reference to a case study of local government reform in England, specifically the devolution of responsibilities from central government to voluntary collaborations of elected local authorities ({\textquoteleft}combined authorities{\textquoteright}). The model is used to explain variation in the process of institutional formation in two different city-regions, focusing on the role of leaders, legacies and localities.",
keywords = "Institutional change , institutional design , local governance , devolution",
author = "Vivien Lowndes and Maximilian Lempriere",
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