Embedding Innovation: Bricolage and the Case of the Phnom Penh Water Supply Authority

  • Yishu Zhou
  • Leong Ching
Part of the Studies in the Political Economy of Public Policy book series (PEPP)


The explanatory capacity of dominant accounts of institutional theory is primarily focused on theories of institutional homogeneity and stability, and the persistence of institutions, which are “sticky” and resistant to modification (Pierson, 2000; see also Bakir & Jarvis in this volume). In part developed as a response to “prevailing conceptions of organizations as bounded, relatively autonomous, rational actors” (Scott & Meyer, 1994, p. 1), institutionalism provided a foil to what was perceived as the over-individualization of modern society by instead emphasizing the concept of agency as generated through collective action, sustained by shared understandings and associations, and dependent upon common underlying institutional processes (Frank & Meyer, 2002).


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  • Yishu Zhou
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  1. 1.Lee Kuan Yew School of Public PolicyNational University of SingaporeSingaporeSingapore

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