Foundational Concepts

  • Kristof Van AsscheEmail author
  • Raoul Beunen
  • Martijn Duineveld
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In this chapter we present some foundational concepts of EGT. We elaborate on functional and organisational differentiation and on formal, informal and dead institutions. The way these two sets of concepts are combined, forms the basis of our perspective on governance paths.


Function System Functional Differentiation Formal Institution Informal Institution Structural Coupling 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kristof Van Assche
    • 1
    Email author
  • Raoul Beunen
    • 1
  • Martijn Duineveld
    • 2
  1. 1.Strategic CommunicationWageningen UniversityWageningenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Cultural GeographyWageningen UniversityWageningenThe Netherlands

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