Political Institutions and Public Policy

Perspectives on European Decision Making

  • Bernard Steunenberg
  • Frans van Vught

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. The Study of Institutions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages xvii-xvii
    2. Bruno S. Frey
      Pages 29-44
    3. Willem Trommel, Romke van der Veen
      Pages 45-66
    4. Dick W. P. Ruiter
      Pages 67-81
  3. Institutions and Decision Making in Europe

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 83-83
    2. Jan-Erik Lane, Svante Ersson
      Pages 85-113
    3. Frans van Vught
      Pages 115-137
    4. Johan P. Olsen
      Pages 157-188
    5. Bernard Steunenberg
      Pages 205-229
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 231-234

About this book


The discipline of public administration and public policy is experiencing a renaissance of research in which explicit attention is paid to political insti­ tutions. This renewed interest in institutions is not simply an extension of the 'classical' paradigm in the study of public administration, which peaked in the 1920s and 1930s, but offers a new orientation on political institutions. While 'classical' institutionalism is known for its focus on the formal stroctures of the executive branch of government, the 'new' institutionalism concentrates on the interaction between political institutions and the behavior of policy makers. This interaction, which until recently was largely neglected in public administration and public policy, forms the basic theme of this volume. To advance the study of political institutions, two rather basic problems need to be addressed: What are institutions and what are adequate ways to analyze them? We briefty discuss both questions, which determine the strocture of this book.


Governance Government Policy Political Science Politics

Editors and affiliations

  • Bernard Steunenberg
    • 1
  • Frans van Vught
    • 1
  1. 1.Netherlands Institute of GovernmentUniversity of TwenteThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1997
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-4818-9
  • Online ISBN 978-94-015-8603-0
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