New Institutionalism Through a Gender Lens: Towards a Feminist Institutionalism?

Fiona Mackay, Meryl Kenny, Louise Chappell

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Abstract

New institutionalism (NI) may no longer qualify as being ‘new’, but since re-emphasizing institutions as a central explanatory variable in political analysis over two decades ago, it continues to provide scholars with a useful perspective through which to analyse political dynamics and outcomes that shape everyday life. The renewed focus on institutions has rebalanced the structure/agency scales back toward the former without losing important insights about the role and impact of political actors. NI has allowed for greater understanding about the co-constitutive nature of politics: the various ways in which actors bring about or resist change in institutions; and the way institutions shape the nature of actors’ behaviour through the construction of rules, norms and policies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)573-588
JournalInternational Political Science Review
Volume31
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2010

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