Informal Institutions

POLSCI 726S

Institutions are enduring systems of social constraint on behavior, which promote realization of order in society. The graduate seminar investigates emergence, maintenance, and change in informal political institutions -- those not reflected in formal authoritative rules of governance, but which nontheless organize political action.  Its focus is both theoretical and on different sorts of institutions in a variety of empirical settings.  It is a point of departure for developing research on this topic, applicable to any particular empirical political science field. instructor: Manion.