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Where Are the Institutions? The Limits of Vivien Schmidt's Constructivism

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1 Bell, Stephen, ‘Do We Really Need a New “Constructivist Institutionalism” to Explain Institutional Change?’ British Journal of Political Science, 41 (2011), 883906CrossRefGoogle Scholar; Schmidt, Vivien A., ‘A Curious Constructivism: A Response to Professor Bell’, British Journal of Political Science, this issueGoogle Scholar.

2 Schmidt, Vivien A., ‘Discursive Institutionalism: The Explanatory Power of Ideas and Discourse’, Annual Review of Political Science, 11 (2008), 303326CrossRefGoogle Scholar, p. 314.

3 Schmidt, Vivien A., ‘Taking Ideas and Discourse Seriously: Explaining Change through Discursive Institutionalism as the Fourth “New Institutionalism” ’, European Political Science Review, 2 (2010), 125CrossRefGoogle Scholar, p. 4.

4 Schmidt, Vivien A., ‘From Historical Institutionalism to Discursive Institutionalism: Explaining Change in Comparative Political Economy’ (paper given at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association, Boston, Mass., 2008), p. 15Google Scholar; Schmidt, ‘Discursive Institutionalism’, p. 314Google Scholar.

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6 Schmidt, Vivien A., ‘Analysing Ideas and Tracing Discursive Interaction in Institutional Change: From Historical Institutionalism to Discursive Institutionalism’ (paper given to the American Political Science Association, Washington, 2010, 1–27Google Scholar, p. 14 (emphasis in the original)).

7 Bell, ‘Do We Really Need a New “Constructivist Institutionalism”. See the discussion on these issues in Emanuel Adler, ‘Seizing the Middle Ground: Constructivism in World Politics’, European Journal of International Relations, 3 (1997), 319363Google Scholar.

8 Schmidt, Vivien, ‘Institutionalism’, in Colin Hay, Michael Lister and David Marsh, eds, The State: Theories and Issues (London: Palgrave, 2006), pp. 98117CrossRefGoogle Scholar, at p. 113.

9 Schmidt, Vivien, ‘A Curious Constructivism: A Response to Professor Bell’, British Journal of Political Science, 42 (2012)CrossRefGoogle Scholar, this issue.

10 For example, in Streeck, Wolfgang and Thelen, Kathleen, Beyond Continuity: Institutional Change in Advanced Political Economies (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005)Google Scholar.

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19 As Scharpf puts it, institutions both ‘enable and constrain’ actors ( Scharpf, Fritz W., Games Real Actors Play: Actor Centered Institutionalism in Policy Research (Boulder, Colo.: Westview Press, 1997)Google Scholar, p. 36). See also, Clemens, Elizabeth S. and Cook, James M., ‘Politics and Institutionalism: Explaining Durability and Change’, Annual Review of Sociology, 25 (1999), 441466CrossRefGoogle Scholar.

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21 Schmidt, ‘A Curious Constructivism’Google Scholar.

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32 Hay, Colin and Rosamond, Ben, ‘Globalisation, European Integration and the Discursive Construction of Economic Imperatives’, Journal of European Public Policy, 9 (2002), 147167CrossRefGoogle Scholar, p. 147, emphasis added.

33 Schmidt, ‘Analysing Ideas and Tracing Discursive Interaction in Institutional Change’, p. 14Google Scholar.

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