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date: 25 January 2020

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This article explores the development and applications of neoinstitutionalist thought in urban politics, and evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches. It outlines the distinction between old and new institutionalisms, and explores the dominant neoinstitutional approaches in the urban field, including rational choice, and sociological and historical institutionalisms. The article demonstrates how institutional theories have come to dominate urban political research and suggests that institutionalism has a bright future in urban politics.

Keywords: neoinstitutionalist thought, urban politics, institutionalism, rational choice, institutional theories

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