Institutional Change Through Institutionalization: Combining Different Approaches

  • Luciana de Oliveira Miranda
  • Paulo Carlos Du Pin Calmon
Part of the Studies in the Political Economy of Public Policy book series (PEPP)


This chapter aims to contribute to the emerging literature that calls for a bridging of the variants of institutional theory and public policy theory (Bakir, 2009, 2013, Chaps. 2 and 4, 2016) by focusing on historical institutionalism in the political science literature (Mahoney and Thelen, 2010) and organizational institutionalism in the management literature (Lawrence and Suddaby, 2006) with special reference to different processes of institutional change (Mahoney and Thelen, 2010) through the institutionalization conducted in different ways by actors (Lawrence and Suddaby, 2006). Therefore, it is important to note that in this chapter we present a discussion of institutional change by debating the types of institutionalization, and the role of institutional actors in this process, and conclude with a suggestion for an analytical model and a brief initial research agenda. This analytical model is based on the proposal presented by Mahoney and Thelen (2010), and includes the contribution of Lawrence and Suddaby (2006)—specifically, furthering their argument about the type of dominant change agent and how they seek to reconcile elements of agency and context in the analysis of institutional change dynamics. The framework is based on the interconnection between the institutional work and gradual institutional change approaches. Both were developed as alternatives to theoretical perspectives that put too much emphasis on social structure (e.g., path dependence theory) or human agency (e.g., institutional entrepreneurship).


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  • Luciana de Oliveira Miranda
    • 1
  • Paulo Carlos Du Pin Calmon
    • 1
  1. 1.Universidade de BrasíliaBrasíliaBrazil

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