Institutional analysis for new public governance scholars

Elizabeth Baldwin, Tingjia Chen, Daniel Cole

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Over the past several decades, prominent public management and policy scholars have repeatedly identified institutional analysis as a promising tool for empirical research, particularly for the study of ‘new governance’ phenomena where policy is enacted and implemented by actors that span organizations, sectors, jurisdictions, and governance levels. Yet, relatively few empirical studies directly measure and model institutions in management and policy settings. In a systematic review of the literature, we identify challenges and barriers that may prevent management and policy scholars from engaging with institutional analysis, along with examples of studies that illustrate how to overcome these challenges in practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)890-917
Number of pages28
JournalPublic Management Review
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 3 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Institutions
  • institutional analysis
  • policy implementation
  • public management
  • public policy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Administration


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