Max Weber and Institutional Theory

  • M. Rainer Lepsius
  • Claus Wendt

About this book


This book presents a collection of essays on institutional theory written by the German sociologist and Weber-expert M. Rainer Lepsius. Based on Weber’s work, the author develops concepts of institutional theory, which he subsequently applies to topics such as National Socialism, democratization processes, German unification, and the institutionalization of the European Union. By showing how charismatic leadership can under certain circumstances threaten democratic structures and curtail individual freedoms, and by analyzing the structural and cultural conditions under which people develop trust in political and social structures and ultimately come to support and comply with them, the author provides a sound analytical understanding of the development of democratic institutions and a democratic political culture. This collection of essays was edited, translated and commented on by Claus Wendt.


Institutional Theory Max Weber Political Culture National Socialism Democratization Institutional Change Institutionalization German unification

Authors and affiliations

  • M. Rainer Lepsius
    • 1
  1. 1.University of HeidelbergHeidelbergGermany

Editors and affiliations

  • Claus Wendt
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Siegen SiegenGermany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-44707-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-44708-7
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