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An Institutional Grammar of Mores

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Type: Conference Paper
Author: Crawford, Susan P.
Conference: Workshop on the Workshop 3
Location: Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
Conf. Date: June 2-5
Date: 2004
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/6514
Sector: Social Organization
Region: North America
Subject(s): democracy
political behavior
policy analysis
institutional analysis
social change
Tocqueville, Alexis de
Abstract: "Theories and results in various subfields of politics point to the importance of norms in political behavior. Attention to norms and the impact of norms on political behavior emerges in institutional analysis work in the Workshop tradition, in advocacy coalition theories of policy choice, in evidence for commitment theory in interest groups, in regime theory in international relations, in work on social capital, and in formal analysis of behavior in collective choice situations, to name just a few. Tocqueville considered 'mores' to be key to the success of the American experiment with democracy and recognized the influence of religion on these mores. This paper applies the grammar of institutions to analyze a few ways in which norms and religious institutions currently influence political choice and social change."

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