Interpretivism in motion: discursive institutionalism as the fourth ‘new’ institutionalism
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Citation (published version)Schmidt, V. (2020-09-03). Interpretivism in Motion: Discursive Institutionalism as the Fourth ‘New’ Institutionalism. In Interpreting Politics: Situated Knowledge, India, and the Rudolph Legacy. : Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780190125011.003.0003.
Vivienne Schmidt discusses the Rudolph’s development of their interpretative approach in the context of the spirited debates about epistemology and social science inquiry. She builds upon the Rudolphs’ approach to elaborate ‘discursive institutionalism’, a mode of analysis that theorizes the nature of discourse and how discursive exchange contributes to political action and institutional change. Schmidt’s chapter advances beyond most discursive analyses by theorizing ‘ideational power’, or the capacity of actors to use ideas to: influence other actors’ normative and cognitive beliefs; control the meaning and normative value of ideas; and structure discourse by controlling its agenda. Ultimately, Schmidt makes a cogent case for methodological pluralism in the study of ideas, one that can engage and even synthesize a range of analytical approaches.
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