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 (ĭn′stĭ-to͞o′shə-nə-lĭz′əm, -tyo͞o′-)
1. Adherence to or belief in established forms, especially belief in organized religion.
2. Use of public institutions for the care of people who are physically or mentally disabled, criminally delinquent, or incapable of independent living.

in′sti·tu′tion·al·ist n.


the system of or belief in institutions
ˌinstiˈtutionalist n


(ˌɪn stɪˈtu ʃə nlˌɪz əm, -ˈtyu-)

1. the system or advocacy of institutions devoted to public, charitable, or other purposes.
2. attachment to established institutions, as of religion.
3. the policy or practice of using public institutions to house people considered incapable of caring for themselves.
in`sti•tu′tion•al•ist, n.


1. the system of institutions or organized societies devoted to public, political, or charitable, or similar purposes.
2. a strong attachment to established institutions, as political systems or religions. — institutionalist, n.
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Though insightful, this institutionalist approach appears to be taking only a snapshot view of the causal story.
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Georgescu directs the exploration of issue of historical institutionalist approach of the public administration dynamics and seeks to understand the governance and intra-governmental relations during the transition period.
While Beard was a student at DePauw, he met the institutionalist economist John Commons, who was then teaching at nearby Indiana University, and the two became life-long friends.
This is the particular contribution of a regulatory perspective, which implicitly adopts an institutionalist approach to the relationship between law and society--that law plays a significant part in the construction and patterning of society and the economy rather than being a mere reflection of them.
Roof's lack of engagement with path dependence as explanation of welfare state development is odd since the concept has been central to the historical institutionalist approach with which she identifies.
If Washington Consensus-style policies were seen as "societal engineering," to use Roland's characterization, it is not clear what we can call the institutionalist approach to economic reform.
Willetts criticizes (rightly, in my opinion) realists, neorealists, neoliberal institutionalist regime theorists, and most constructivists for an overemphasis on states, sovereignty, and legal authority; a false distinction between high and low politics; a narrow capability-based conception of power; and an unduly restricted notion of the values that a wide range of actors pursue.
The argument that democratic activism and protest are building 'Europe' from the perspective of civil society offers a new direction for academics of the integration of the European Union, going beyond the institutionalist and IR-realist dominated approaches that have previously ruled the topic.
Boldizzoni seems to hold the new institutionalist economic history in lower esteem than he does the previous generation of work.
The authors' perspective on inter-regionalism interestingly captures a neo-realist perspective, an institutionalist perspective, and a social constructivist perspective.