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date: 22 February 2020

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This article discusses the institutional constraints on policy. It shows that there is a historical and theoretical affinity between institutional theory and policy theory: institutions have affected policies, and policies have changed people's understandings of institutions. The article looks at the impact of research on public policies on the development of institutional theory. It also examines the implications of institutional theory for the development of public policies.

Keywords: institutional constraints, historical affinity, theoretical affinity, institutional theory, policy theory, understanding of institutions

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