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date: 14 December 2019

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This article studies the context where a new attention to institutional analysis emerged in the social sciences during the 1970s. It also examines the distinctions between historical institutionalism and its closest competitors — rational choice and quantitative cross-sectional analysis — as well as the search for agents of institutional maintenance and change. The last section of the article contains comments on the aspects of institutional development that have received too little attention.

Keywords: analysis, historical institutionalism, rational choice, quantitative cross-sectional analysis, institutional maintenance, institutional change, institutional development

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