Reflections on the Impact of the New Economic, Sociological and Historical Institutionalism in Institutional Social Policy



This paper intends to make a reflection and analysis of the impact of theoretical and methodological frameworks of reference on different neo-institutional approaches in social policy. The paper questions the functionality and continuity of the institutions that are responsible for the functions of designing and implementing programs of social policy, given the profound changes on the environment of economic globalization processes. The method used primarily focuses on critical analysis and reflection. It is concluded that the institutions of welfare and social security must develop the technological, organizational and administrative skills to create and maintain institutional effects that go beyond being conductive to efficiency, effectiveness and equitable development.

Full Text:


Aucoin, P. (1990). Administrative reform in public management: Paradigms, principles, paradoxes and pendulums. Governance. 3(2), 115-137.

Baldwin, P. (1990). Les classes moyennes et l'Etat‐protecteur de l'après‐guerre: Le cas français et le cas allemand, in Mission Interministérielle Recherche Expérmentation, Les comparaisons internationales des politiques et des systemes de sécurité sociale: Colloque de recherche, (Paris, nd); reprinted as Class Interests and the Postwar Welfare State in Europe: A Historical Perspective, International Social Security Review, 3.

Bartlett, S. (2005). An Alternative Model for Responding to Children in Poverty: The Work of the Alliance in Mumbai and Other Cities. Children, Youth and Environments 15(2): 342-355. Retrieved on 27 December, 2013 from

Beckert, J. (2007). The Great Transformation of Embeddedness: Karl Polanyi and the New Economic Sociology. MPIfG Discussion Paper 07/1 Max-Planck-Institut für Gesellschaftsforschung Köln. Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies Cologne.

Bordieu, P. (1996). The rules of art, genest and structures of the literary field. Polity Press. Cambridge.

Bordieu, P. (1994). Raisons pratiques. Sur la théorie de l’ action. Editions du Seuil. Paris.

Bordieu, P. (1993). Sociology in question. Sage. London.

Bordieu, P. (1990). In other words. Essays towards a reflexive sociology. Polity Press, Cambridge.

Bourdieu, P. (1980). The Logic of Practice. Stanford, Stanford University Press.

Calhoun, (1993). Habitus, field and capital: the question of historical specificity, In C. Calhound, E. Lipuma and M. Postone (Eds.) Bordieu: Critical perspectives. Polity Press. Cambridge.

Chandhoke, N. (1995) State and Civil Society. Explorations in political theory. New Delhi, Thouand Oaks, and London: Sage Publications.

Clarke, J. & Newman, J. (1997). The Managerial State: Power, Politics and Ideology in the Remaining of Social Welfare, London: Sage.

Clegg, S. R. (1989). Frameworks of power, London: Sage.

Cupps, D. S. (1977). Emerging Problems of Citizen Participation, Public Administration Review, 37, 478–487.

Durkheim, É. (2003), Las reglas del método sociológico. Buenos Aires. Editorial Gorla.

Evans, P. B. (1995). Embedded autonomy: States and industrial transformation. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

Figueroa, A., Altamirano, T., & Sulmont, D. (1996). Social exclusion and inequality in Peru. Geneva: International Institute for Labour Studies.

Foucault, M. (1996). La vida de los hombres infames. La Plata. Caronte.

Foucault, M. (1966). El nacimiento de la clínica: Una arqueología de la mirada médica. México, D. F. Siglo XXI.

Fry, G. K. (1995). Policy and Management in the Civil Service. Hemel Hempstead: Prentice Hall.

Galtung, J. (1995). On the social costs of modernization: Social disintegration, atomie/anomie and social development. Geneva, Switzerland: United Nations Research Institute for Social Development.

Gamble, A. & Payne, A. (eds). (1996). Regionalism and World Order. London: Macmillan.

George. F. (1996). The Trade Policy Review of Indonesia. The World Economy: Global Trade Policy. 19, 101-17.

Granovetter, M., et al. (2004) Polanyi Symposium: A Conversation on Embeddedness. In: Socio-Economic Review 2, 109–135.

Habermas, J. (1987) The theory of communicative action, vols I and II. Polity Press. Cambridge.

Hagan, J., Merkens, H. & Boehnke, K. (1995). Delinquency and Disdain: Social Capital and the Control of Right-Wing Extremism Among East and West Berlin Youth. American Journal of Sociology 100(4), 1028-1052.

Halkier, H., & Danson, M. (1996). Development agencies and new-model regional policy. A survey of trends in 30 European regions. Paper presented to the European Urban and Regional Studies Conference, Durham, 11-14 April.

Inglehart, R. (1977). The Silent Revolution: Changing Values and Political Styles among Western Publics. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

Jessop, B. (1994). Post-fordism and the state, in Ash Amin (ed.), Post-Fordism, Oxford: Blackwell, 251–79.

Jessop, B. (1990). State theory. Putting capitalist states in their place. Cambridge: Polity.

Johnson, N. (1997). Book review. Journal of Social Policy, 26 part 4, Oct 97, 559.

Kramer, R. M. (1981). Voluntary agencies in the welfare state.University of California Press.

Le Grand, J. & Bartlett, W. (1993). Quasi-markets and social policy: the way forward? In: Le Grand, Julian and Bartlett, Will, (eds.) Quasi-markets and social policy. Macmillan Press, Basingstoke, UK, 202-220.

Lowe, R. (1997). The state and the development of social welfare, in Pugh, M (Ed.), A companion to modern european history, (pp. 45-69), Blackwell Publishers, 1997.

Martin, J. S. (1998). Reconceptualizing th British State: Theoretical and empirical challenges to central government. Public Administration. 76, 45-72.

McPherson, S. (1998). Social exclusion. Journal of Social Policy, 26(4), 533-541.

Merton, R. (1987). Three Fragments from a Sociologist's Notebooks: Establishing the Phenomenon, Specified Ignorance and Strategic Research Materials. Annual Review of Sociology, 13, 1-28.

Mishler, W. & Rose, R. (1997). Trust, Distrust and Skepticism: Popular Evaluations of Civil and Political Institutions in Post-Communist Societies. The Journal of Politics, 59(2), 418-451.

North, D. C. (1996). Institutions, Organizations And Market Competition, Economic History , 9612005, EconWPA.

Peillón, M. (1998). Bourdieu’s field and the sociology of welfare, Journal of Social Policy, 27(2), 213-229.

Polanyi, K. (1957). The Economy as an Instituted Process. In: Karl Polanyi/Conrad M. Arensberg/Harry W.

Polanyi, K. (1944) (1957). The Great Transformation. Boston: Beacon Press.

Portes, A., & Sensenbrenner, J. (1993). Embeddedness and Immigration: Notes on the social determinants of economic action, in: American Journal of Sociology, 98, 1320–1350.

Richards, D. (1997). The Civil Service under the Conservatives 1979–1997. Brighton: Sussex Academic Press.

Rueschemeyer, D., & Evans, P. B. (1985). The State and Economic Transformation: Toward an Analysis of the Conditions Underlying Effective Intervention. In Evans, P. B., Rueschemeyer, D. & Scokpol, T. Bringing the State Back In. Cambridge University Press. pp. 44-77.

Salamon, L. M. & Anheir, H. K. (eds.) (1997). Defining the non-profit sector, A cross-national analysis. Manchester University Press, Manchester.

Sen A. (1987). Commodities and Capabilities. New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1987.

Simmel, G. (1986). Sociología 1, Estudios sobre las formas de socialización. Madrid. Alianza.

Suad, J (1997). The public/private. The imagined boundary in the imagined nation/State/Community. The Lebanese case. Feminist Review, 57, 71-90.

Titmuss, R. M. (1974). What is Social Policy?, in: id., Social Policy. An Introduction, London: Allen and Unwin, 23–32 (ch. 2; the chapter dates from a recurring introductory lecture series at the LSE last held in 1973) [Welfare States, vol. 1, 138–47].

Viswanathan, G. (1995). Beyond orientalism: Syncretism and the politics of knowledge. Stanford Humanities Review, 5(1), 19-34.

Weber, M. (1991). Economía y sociedad, Buenos Aires. FCE.

Woller, G. M. (1996). Business ethics, society, and Adam Smith: Some observations on the liberal business ethos, The Journal of Socio-Economics, 25(3), 311–332.



  • There are currently no refbacks.


Journal of Economics and Political Economy - J. Econ. Pol. Econ. - JEPE -

ISSN: 2148-8347

Editor:   Secretarial:   Istanbul - Turkey.

Copyright © KSP Library