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About Institutions, Mainly, but not Exclusively, Political  

Jean Blondel

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Jun 2008
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Sep 2009
This article discusses the concept of institution by examining the components of an institution and the way in which institutionalization can increase or decrease. It considers the place ... More

Accountability and the Nonprofit Sector  

Steven Rathgeb Smith

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May 2014
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Aug 2014
Accountability in nonprofits is complicated and multi-faceted. Nonprofits can also be sites of vibrant civic engagement, community governance, and providers of valuable local services. ... More

Accountable Corporate Governance  

Sheldon Leader

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May 2014
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Aug 2014
This chapter explores the ways in which public standards of accountability are brought to bear on a nominally private institution: the commercial corporation. It considers several classic ... More

Agenda-Setting Theory: The Frontier Research Questions  

Maxwell McCombs and Sebastián Valenzuela

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Jul 2017
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Sep 2014
This chapter discusses contemporary directions of agenda-setting research. It reviews the basic concept of agenda setting, the transfer of salience from the media agenda to the public ... More

Agricultural Futures: The Politics of Knowledge  

Ian Scoones

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Jan 2015
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Aug 2014
This chapter is from the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Food, Politics, and Society edited by Ronald Herring. Global assessments have become central to international debates on a range of ... More

American Political Development and Political History  

Richard R. John

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Aug 2016
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Aug 2014
This essay traces the long and productive relationship between two genres of historical writing: American political development (or APD) and American political history. It is written ... More

American Political Parties: History, Voters, Critical Elections, and Party Systems  

Joel H. Silbey

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Jan 2010
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May 2010
This article provides a sweeping analysis of the history of American political parties. It specifically uses the lens of critical election theory to explore the scholarly treatment of the ... More

Analyzing American Political Development as It Happens  

Theda Skocpol

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Aug 2016
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Nov 2014
Historical institutional scholars can analyze politics as it happens, not just developments long past. A powerful theoretical approach should give clear guidance about questions worth ... More

APD and Rational Choice  

Jeffery A. Jenkins

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Aug 2016
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Sep 2014
Rational choice and American political development (APD) both emerged as responses to (perceived) limitations with the dominant behavioral tradition. While their critiques were based on ... More

Arms Control and Disarmament Diplomacy  

Rebecca Johnson

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Mar 2013
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Aug 2013
This article begins by discussing the four kinds of development that helped change the expectations, objectives, and conduct of modern disarmament diplomacy: (i) transformative advances in ... More

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