This chapter begins by teasing out the implicit theory and methods of the traditional institutional approach within political science which is referred to in the introduction to this section of the book. The chapter goes on to explore what’s new about the ‘new institutionalism’. It identifies core characteristics and key distinctions among the different new institutionalist positions. The chapter considers the challenges facing new institutionalism, not least the charge that its many variants are based upon fundamentally incompatible premises. The chapter concludes by considering whether the multi-theoretic character of the new institutionalism may actually prove to be its greatest asset.
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