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Institutional evolution and abrupt change

Abstract

"Historical institutionalist studies have explained institutional change as resulting from critical junctures that interrupt long periods of stability or from endogenous, incremental evolution. Building on these theories, discursive institutionalists have focused on the roles of agency, ideas and discourse as explainers of change. Combining these approaches, this article analyses Finland's decision in 2014 to transfer the administration of basic social assistance from municipalities to the central government. This study demonstrates that institutional change can be both abrupt and evolutionary. Due to sudden, exceptional political circumstances, the decision in question was made quickly and under pressure, circumventing possible veto players. However, it was possible only because of the incremental, endogenous change that had occurred in the way in which social assistance was administered at the municipal level. It enabled a change in political discourse, which eroded the credibility of the ideational frames that policy actors had previously utilised to reject the centralised model." (Author's abstract, Published by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons) ((en))

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Autorin / Autor

  • Varjonen, Sampo

Bibliografische Daten

Varjonen, Sampo (2020): Institutional evolution and abrupt change * Reforming the administration of social assistance in Finland. In: International journal of social welfare, Vol. 29, No. 1, S. 62-70.
 

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