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dc.contributor.authorLEWIS, Orion
dc.contributor.authorSTEINMO, Sven
dc.date.accessioned2012-09-27T09:07:30Z
dc.date.available2012-09-27T09:07:30Z
dc.date.issued2012
dc.identifier.citationPolity, 2012, 44, 3, 314–339en
dc.identifier.issn1744-1684
dc.identifier.issn0032-3497
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1814/23964
dc.descriptionThis paper is also the product of the insightful contributions of numerous participants in the workshop “Do Institutions Evolve?” held in May 2009 at the Robert Schuman Centre at the European University Institute.en
dc.descriptionExternal link is for Polity Podcast: Interview with the author on the article
dc.description.abstractThis article argues that questions of gradual institutional change can be understood as an evolutionary process that can be explained through the careful application of “generalized Darwinism.” We argue that humans' advanced cognitive capacities contribute to an evolutionary understanding of institutional change. In constantly generating new variation upon which mechanisms of selection and replication operate, cognition, cognitive schemas, and ideas become central for understanding the building of human institutions, as well as the scope and pace of their evolution. Evolutionary theories thus provide a broad theoretical framework that integrates the study of cognition, ideas, and decision-making with other literatures that focus on institutional change and human evolution.en
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dc.language.isoenen
dc.relation.urihttp://www.palgrave-journals.com/polity/podcast_archive.html
dc.rightsinfo:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.titleHow Institutions Evolve: Evolutionary theory and institutional changeen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.doi10.1057/pol.2012.10
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