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Article: The contextualist turn and schematics of institutional fit: Theory and a case study from Southern India

TitleThe contextualist turn and schematics of institutional fit: Theory and a case study from Southern India
Authors
KeywordsContextualism
Institutional design
Policy implementation
Policy transfer
Program evaluation
Issue Date2013
PublisherSpringer New York LLC. The Journal's web site is located at http://springerlink.metapress.com/openurl.asp?genre=journal&issn=0032-2687
Citation
Policy Sciences, 2013, v. 46 n. 1, p. 83-102 How to Cite?
AbstractThe policy literature has long recognized the inherent need for a program to fit the unique conditions found in a certain context. We present a theory of institutional contextualism that focuses on the mechanisms by which actors adapt a policy design to fit a situation. We conceptualize institutions as phenomena that are constituted by a constant dialectic between text (the general blueprint) and context (the particular setting). The first half of this dialectic, which is the diffusion of the constitutive text or norm onto the institutional setting, has been discussed in the literature. Our research focuses on the second half, and we delineate, in concept, mechanisms for fitting the program to the local context. We then use a case study of improvised microfinance programs in Tamil Nadu, India, to illustrate how this occurs in reality. The research underscores the unexamined link between effective governance and contextual fit and offers a typology of mechanisms for fit that should inform future research. © 2012 The Author(s).
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/167170
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2015 Impact Factor: 1.641
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.937
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dc.contributor.authorLejano, RPen_HK
dc.contributor.authorShankar, Sen_HK
dc.date.accessioned2012-09-28T04:04:43Z-
dc.date.available2012-09-28T04:04:43Z-
dc.date.issued2013en_HK
dc.identifier.citationPolicy Sciences, 2013, v. 46 n. 1, p. 83-102en_HK
dc.identifier.issn0032-2687en_HK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/167170-
dc.description.abstractThe policy literature has long recognized the inherent need for a program to fit the unique conditions found in a certain context. We present a theory of institutional contextualism that focuses on the mechanisms by which actors adapt a policy design to fit a situation. We conceptualize institutions as phenomena that are constituted by a constant dialectic between text (the general blueprint) and context (the particular setting). The first half of this dialectic, which is the diffusion of the constitutive text or norm onto the institutional setting, has been discussed in the literature. Our research focuses on the second half, and we delineate, in concept, mechanisms for fitting the program to the local context. We then use a case study of improvised microfinance programs in Tamil Nadu, India, to illustrate how this occurs in reality. The research underscores the unexamined link between effective governance and contextual fit and offers a typology of mechanisms for fit that should inform future research. © 2012 The Author(s).en_HK
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherSpringer New York LLC. The Journal's web site is located at http://springerlink.metapress.com/openurl.asp?genre=journal&issn=0032-2687en_HK
dc.relation.ispartofPolicy Sciencesen_HK
dc.subjectContextualismen_HK
dc.subjectInstitutional designen_HK
dc.subjectPolicy implementationen_HK
dc.subjectPolicy transferen_HK
dc.subjectProgram evaluationen_HK
dc.titleThe contextualist turn and schematics of institutional fit: Theory and a case study from Southern Indiaen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
dc.identifier.emailLejano, RP: lejano@hku.hken_HK
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dc.identifier.doi10.1007/s11077-012-9163-9en_HK
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