Institutionalism can refer to:

Economic school that approaches economic issues from a macro sociological point of view.A main figure in this movement was Thorstein Veblen.

  • New institutional economics: an economic school that analyzes social norms, organizational arrangements etc.
  • Historical institutionalism: a social science method of inquiry that uses institutions as subject of study in order to find, measure and trace patterns and sequences of social, political, economic behavior and change across time and space.
  • Institutionalism in political parties: an approach that sees political parties as having some capacities for adaptation, but also sees them as being "prisoners of their own history as an institution".
  • Institutionalism in international relations: a branch of international relations theory that holds that the international system is not—in practice—anarchic, but that it has an implicit or explicit structure which determines how states will act within the system.

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