Invitation to Submit a Paper to a Panel on Historical Institutionalism: 7th Biennial ACSPRI Social Science Methodology Conference

Source: De Percy, M.A. & Batainah, H.S. (2019). Identifying historical policy regimes in the Canadian and Australian communications industries using a model of path dependent, punctuated equilibrium, Policy Studies, DOI: 10.1080/01442872.2019.1581161.

If you are interested in participating in the panel (or other panels), please visit the 7th Biennial ACSPRI Social Science Methodology Conference website at The early bird rate is half-price and is quite affordable at $20 for a an employee at a member institution and only $10 for students. The non-member price is $50.

Panel Details

While there has been much debate about the theoretical strengths and weaknesses of historical institutionalism (one of the three main approaches of "new institutionalism"), there have been relatively few examples of the use of historical institutionalism as a method in comparative politics research. Yet historical institutionalism provides rich and rigorous ways to conduct process tracing when comparing institutions over time, particularly at the meso-level (industry or sectoral level) of analysis. This session is designed for researchers interested in adopting historical institutionalism as a method for conducting cross-national comparisons of politics and policies over time. The focus is on the use of historical institutionalism as a method of process tracing and a way to organise qualitative data in political science research. Participants will be introduced to the concepts of institutional theory, path dependency, punctuated equilibrium, critical junctures, momentum, and stasis. The approach will focus on developing quasi-experimental qualitative research projects to produce plausible (as opposed to falsifiable) explanations for cross-national institutional outcomes. At the end of this session, participants will have the skills and knowledge to develop their own model for adopting historical institutionalism as a form of process tracing in cross-national comparative politics research projects.


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