Historical Institutionalism: Theory and Methods Revisited

17 Pages Posted: 21 Aug 2014

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Sven Steinmo

European University Institute

Date Written: 2014


Institutionalists have often taken a rather mechanical view of the way institutions shape choices. This paper argues that we should take the "Historical" side of HI more seriously. Specifically, we can and should test our theories about how history and institutional context shape people preferences, beliefs and choices. I further argue that recent advances in experimental methods can aid in the pursuit of an Historical Insitutionalism that "Brings People Back In."

Suggested Citation

Steinmo, Sven, Historical Institutionalism: Theory and Methods Revisited (2014). APSA 2014 Annual Meeting Paper, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2455247

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