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Civic GiftsVoluntarism and the Making of the American Nation-State$
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Elisabeth S. Clemens

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780226559360

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226670973.001.0001

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Combinatorial Politics and Constitutive Contradictions

Combinatorial Politics and Constitutive Contradictions

(p.257) 9 Combinatorial Politics and Constitutive Contradictions
Civic Gifts

Elisabeth S. Clemens

University of Chicago Press

Civic Gifts began with the puzzle of how a powerful nation-state was constructed in a deeply anti-statist political culture. This final chapter moves away from the specific case of American political development to develop a more general model of combinatorial politics as a process of institutional change, one that repeatedly activates and contains the constitutive contradictions that characterize a particular political order.

Keywords:   institutional change, combinatorial politics, constitutive contradiction

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