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Acting in Good Time – Conceptual Reflections on the Sequencing of Political Reform Processes

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Author(s): Jürgen Beyer

Journal: Central European Journal of Public Policy
ISSN 1802-4866

Volume: 6;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 4;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: sequencing | governance | social change | political reform

ABSTRACT
Thus far, the sequencing of political reform processes has been discussed on a separate basis in the context of different scientific debates. Existing analysis in macroeconomics and democracy theory focuses on shock-therapeutic versus gradual reform policies, the succession of specific reform steps or the right timing of reforms. An analytical approach to sequences has been elaborated. Theoretical concepts of social change, which refer to path dependence or the punctuated development of historical sequences, have evolved in the context of institutionalist research. The present article summarises the state of research and extends it with conceptual reflections on the motivation of sequential political action, which can then serve as a starting point for differentiation between sequencing processes in further research.

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