General information

Module title Institutions, Organizations And Economic Development
Language English
Module lecturer prof. UAM dr hab. Robert Kudłak
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position Professor
Faculty Faculty of Human Geography and Planning
Semester 2021/2022 (summer)
Duration 15


Module aim (aims)

The aims of the lecture are:

To explain the roots and emergence of institutionalism in social sciences,

To show the role of institutions in processes of historical development,

The explain the role of institutional environment in stimulating (or restricting) economic development,

To present how the modern organizations (states, businesses, local authorities) are increasingly homogenous as a consequence of institutional isomorphism,

To discuss the similarities and differences between different types of institutionalisms.

Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)

At least an intermediate level of English in reading and speaking.


Week 1: Introduction do institutionalism

Week 2: History matters – the role of institutions in historical development

Week 3: Institutions and economic development

Week 4: How do institutions shape organizations?

Week 5: Comparing different forms of institutional approaches

Reading list

Abrutyn, S., & Turner, J. H. (2011). The old institutionalism meets the new institutionalism. Sociological Perspectives, 54(3), 283-306.

Béland, D., & Hacker, J. S. (2004). Ideas, private institutions and American welfare state ‘exceptionalism’: the case of health and old?age insurance, 1915–1965. International Journal of Social Welfare, 13(1), 42-54.

Campbell, J. L. (2010). Institutional reproduction and change. The Oxford handbook of comparative institutional analysis, 87-116.

Capoccia, G., & Kelemen, R. D. (2007). The study of critical junctures: Theory, narrative, and counterfactuals in historical institutionalism. World politics, 59(3), 341-369.

David, P. A. (1985). Clio and the Economics of QWERTY. American Economic Review, 75(2), 332-337.

DiMaggio, P. J., & Powell, W. W. (1983). The iron cage revisited: Institutional isomorphism and collective rationality in organizational fields. American sociological review, 147-160.

Hacker, J. S. (1998). The historical logic of national health insurance: Structure and sequence in the development of British, Canadian, and US medical policy. Studies in American Political Development, 12(1), 57-130.

Hall, P. A., & Taylor, R. C. (1996). Political science and the three new institutionalisms. Political Studies, 44(5), 936-957.

Hodgson, G. M. (2006). What are institutions?. Journal of economic issues, 40(1), 1-25.

Immergut, E. M. (1990). Institutions, veto points, and policy results: A comparative analysis of health care. Journal of Public Policy, 391-416.

Immergut, E. M. (1998). The theoretical core of the new institutionalism. Politics & Society, 26(1), 5-34.

March, J. G., & Olsen, J. P. (1983). The new institutionalism: Organizational factors in political life. American Political Science Review, 78(3), 734-749.

Meyer, J. W., & Rowan, B. (1977). Institutionalized organizations: Formal structure as myth and ceremony. American journal of sociology, 83(2), 340-363.

North, D. C. (1987). Institutions, transaction costs and economic growth. Economic inquiry, 25(3), 419-428.

North, D. C. (1990). Institutions, institutional change and economic performance. Cambridge university press.

Pierson, P. (1992). When effect becomes cause: Policy feedback and political change. World Politics, 45, 595.

Pierson, P. (2000). Increasing returns, path dependence, and the study of politics. American Political Science Review, 251-267.

Suchman, M. C. (1995). Managing legitimacy: Strategic and institutional approaches. Academy of management review, 20(3), 571-610.

Tolbert, P. S., & Zucker, L. G. (1983). Institutional sources of change in the formal structure of organizations: The diffusion of civil service reform, 1880-1935. Administrative science quarterly, 22-39.