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Pragmatist Democracy$
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Christopher Ansell

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199772438

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199772438.001.0001

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Large-Scale Institutional Change

(p.43) Chapter 3 Large-Scale Institutional Change
Pragmatist Democracy

Christopher K. Ansell

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the possibilities of evolutionary learning on a large-scale by examining macro-institutional change. The chapter conceives of large-scale institutional change as a constitutional process and treats “meta-concepts” as the focal points of this change. Meta-concepts become a platform for institutional evolution when they are multi-vocal and teleological “boundary objects.” The institutionalization of the concept of “sustainable development” illustrates the power and limits of meta-concepts.

Keywords:   institutionalism, institutional change, concepts, boundary objects, sustainable development

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