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The Institutional Logics PerspectiveA New Approach to Culture, Structure and Process$
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Patricia H. Thornton, William Ocasio, and Michael Lounsbury

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199601936

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199601936.001.0001

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Defining the Interinstitutional System

Defining the Interinstitutional System

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(p.50) Chapter 3 Defining the Interinstitutional System
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The Institutional Logics Perspective
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Patricia H. Thornton

William Ocasio

Michael Lounsbury

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199601936.003.0003

This chapter elaborates a model of society as an inter-institutional system by developing a new institutional logic — the community logic. This elaboration extends Thornton's (2004) proliferation of Friedland and Alford's (1991) initial formulation of the inter-institutional system. The inter-institutional system is one of the central innovations of the institutional logics perspective. Developed as a model of ideal types, the chapter discusses the inter-institutional system's usefulness as a theoretical and methodological tool for developing institutional logics research. In particular, it discusses how it can be used to identify solutions to theoretical problems in institutional analysis, such as the partial autonomy of social structure and action, the definition of an institutional field, and the relationship between the concepts of power and agency.

Keywords:   inter-institutional system, institutional logic, ideal types, institutional analysis, social structure, agency, community logic, institutional field

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