World Society and Neo-institutionalism



This chapter places World Society theory within the larger picture of neo-institutionalism. It discusses its main assumptions, the rise and use of this theory, and its relation to other neo-institutional approaches in economics and political science.


World Society Theory National Human Rights Institutions Western Cultural Account Schofer Discursive Institutionalism 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

References and Further Readings

  1. Berger, P.L., and T. Luckmann. 1966. The Social Construction of Reality: A Treatise in the Sociology of Knowledge. Garden City, NY: First Anchor.Google Scholar
  2. Boli, J., and G.M. Thomas., eds. 1999. Constructing World Culture: International Nongovernmental Organizations Since 1875. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.Google Scholar
  3. Boyle, E.H. 2002. Female Genital Cutting: Cultural Conflict in the Global Community. New York: The Johns Hopkins University Press.Google Scholar
  4. Bromley, P., and W. Powell. 2012. From Smoke and Mirrors to Walking the Talk: Decoupling in the Contemporary World. The Academy of Management Annals 6: 483–530.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  5. Buttel, F.H. 2000. World Society, the Nation-State, and Environmental Protection. American Sociological Review 65 (1): 117–121.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  6. Coase, R. 1937. The Nature of the Firm. Economica 4: 386–405.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  7. DiMaggio, P.J., and W.W. Powell. 1991. Introduction. In The New Institutionalism in Organizational Analysis, ed. W.W. Powell and P.J. DiMaggio, 1–38. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.Google Scholar
  8. Frank, D.J., A. Hironaka, and E. Schofer. 2000a. The Nation-State and the Natural Environment over the Twentieth Century. American Sociological Review 65 (1): 96–116.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  9. ———. 2000b. Environmentalism as a Global Institution: Reply to Buttel. American Sociological Review 65 (1): 122–127.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  10. Greenwood, R., C. Oliver, R. Suddaby, and K. Sahlin-Andersson, eds. 2008. The SAGE Handbook of Organizational Institutionalism. London: Sage.Google Scholar
  11. Hadler, M. 2015. Institutionalism and Neo-Institutionalism: History of the Concepts. In International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, ed. J.D. Wright, vol. 12, 2nd ed., 186–189. Encyclopaedia Entry.Google Scholar
  12. Hafner-Burton, E., and K. Tsutsui. 2005. Human Rights Practices in a Globalizing World: The Paradox of Empty Promises. American Journal of Sociology 110: 1373–1411.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  13. Hall, P.A., and R.C. Taylor. 1996. Political Science and the Three Institutionalisms. Political Studies 44: 936–957.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  14. Hironaka, A. 2014. Greening the Globe. World Society and Environmental Change. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  15. Immergut, E.M. 2011. Institution/Institutionalism. In International Encyclopedia of Political Science, ed. B. Badie, D. Berg-Schlosser, and L. Morlino. London: Sage.Google Scholar
  16. Jepperson, R.L. 1991. Institutions, Institutional Effects, and Institutionalism. In The New Institutionalism in Organizational Analysis, ed. W.W. Powell and P.J. DiMaggio, 143–163. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.Google Scholar
  17. Koo, J.-W., and F. Ramirez. 2009. National Incorporation of Global Human Rights: Worldwide Expansion of National Human Rights Institutions 1966–2004. Social Forces 87 (3): 1321–1353.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  18. Menard, C., and M.M. Shirley, eds. 2005. Handbook of New Institutional Economics. Dordrecht: Springer.Google Scholar
  19. Meyer, J.W. 2010. World Society, Institutional Theories, and the Actor. Annual Review of Sociology 36: 1–20.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  20. Meyer, J.W., J. Boli, G.M. Thomas, and F.O. Ramirez. 1997. World Society and the Nation-State. American Journal of Sociology 103: 144–181.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  21. Meyer, J.W., and B. Rowan. 1977. Institutionalized Organizations: Formal Structure as Myth and Ceremony. American Journal of Sociology 83 (2): 340–363.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  22. Nelson, R., and S.G. Winter. 1982. An Evolutionary Theory of Economic Change. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.Google Scholar
  23. North, D.C. 1991. Institutions. The Journal of Economic Perspectives 5: 97–112.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  24. Powell, W.W., and P.J. DiMaggio, eds. 1991. The New Institutionalism in Organizational Analysis. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.Google Scholar
  25. Schmidt, V.A. 2008. Discursive Institutionalism: The Explanatory Power of Ideas and Discourse. Annual Review of Political Science 11: 303–326.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  26. Schofer, E., A. Hironaka, D. Frank, and W. Longhofer. 2012. Sociological Institutionalism and World Society. In The New Blackwell Companion to Political Sociology, ed. E. Amenta, K. Nash, and A. Scott, 57–68. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  27. Scott, W.R. 2014. Institutions and Organizations: Ideas. Interests, and Identities. 4th ed. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.Google Scholar
  28. Selznick, P. 1949. TVA and the Grass Roots: A Study in the Sociology of Formal Organization. Berkeley: University of California Press.Google Scholar
  29. Senge, K. 2007. Was ist neu am Neo-Institutionalismus. Österreichische Zeitschrift für Soziologie 32: 42–65.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  30. Skocpol, T. 1979. States and Social Revolutions: A Comparative Analysis of France, Russia and China. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  31. Soysal, Y.N. 1994. Limits of Citizenship: Migrants and Postnational Membership in Europe. Chicago, IL: The University of Chicago Press.Google Scholar
  32. Veblen, T. 1899. The Theory of the Leisure Class: An Economic Study of Institutions. New York: Macmillan.Google Scholar
  33. Williamson, O.E. 1975. Markets and Hierarchies, Analysis and Antitrust Implications: A Study in the Economics of Internal Organization. New York: Free Press.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© The Author(s) 2017

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SociologyUniversity of GrazGrazAustria

Personalised recommendations