What is it about?

The established institution, the members of which adhere to the continuity that the institution embodies, cannot escape exposure to complex systemic and environmental changes. The institution, nested in a system, cannot but experience retardation of the adaptive process. The retardation results in institutional change and, furthermore, often precedes a systemic transformation.

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Why is it important?

The paper critically shows why new institutionalism cannot account for changes. It shows that the logic of institutional persistence, that is, embeddedness, becomes the very source of institutional change.


I hope this paper helps understand the dynamic aspect of institutional change.

Sung Chull Kim
Seoul National University

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This page is a summary of: Nested institutions and the retardation of the adaptive process, Systems Research and Behavioral Science, November 2005, Wiley, DOI: 10.1002/sres.660.
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