History matters is a cliché whose validity is widely assumed, but political scientist Paul Pierson shows precisely how history matters in his book Politics in Time: History, Institutions, and Social Analysis (2004). By extending economic historians concepts of positive feedback and path dependence to the field of politics, Pierson offers novel insights as to why some things in the social world change and others stay the same.
|Other Independent Review articles by Andrew R. Rutten|
|Fall 2003||The New Economy (Pre)Dux; or, What History Teaches Us about the Wired World|
|Summer 2001||Rethinking the New Deal Court|
|Spring 1999||Can Anarchy Save Us from Leviathan?|
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