An Analyses of the Institution of the Catholic Church from the Perspective of New Institutional Economics and as a 'Carrier of History' (David, 1994) in the Handling and Reporting of Child Sexual Abuse, Given its Role as a Social Institution within Wider Irish Society

17 Pages Posted: 6 Aug 2010

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Elaine Buckley

University College Dublin, School of Law

Date Written: August 5, 2010

Abstract

This paper analyses the institution of the Catholic Church from the perspective of new institutional economics and as a “carrier of history” (David, 1994). This paper surveys the relevant body of literature and applies it directly to the problem of the lack of reporting of and the improper handling of child sexual abuse by the Catholic Church, given its role as a social institution within wider Irish society.

Keywords: Institutional Behavior, institutionalization, new institutional economics, path dependence, Catholic Church

JEL Classification: D23, L20, K10

Suggested Citation

Buckley, Elaine, An Analyses of the Institution of the Catholic Church from the Perspective of New Institutional Economics and as a 'Carrier of History' (David, 1994) in the Handling and Reporting of Child Sexual Abuse, Given its Role as a Social Institution within Wider Irish Society (August 5, 2010). Osgoode CLPE Research Paper No. 31/2010; UCD Working Papers in Law, Criminology & Socio-Legal Studies Research Paper No. 34/2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1653945 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1653945

Elaine Buckley (Contact Author)

University College Dublin, School of Law ( email )

Belfield
Dublin 4
Ireland

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