Analyzing path dependence: Lessons from the social sciences

James Mahoney*

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The study of path dependence has become a central research area in the disciplines of sociology and political science. These disciplines build on many insights initially formulated by economists. At the same time, however, soci ologists and political scientists offer their own distinctive contributions, some of which challenge the core assumptions of economics. In addition, they apply ideas of path dependence to the study of political and social outcomes that are not usually addressed in field of economics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationUnderstanding Change
Subtitle of host publicationModels, Methodologies and Metaphors
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9780230524644
ISBN (Print)9781403939418
StatePublished - Jan 1 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences
  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences
  • General Environmental Science
  • General Arts and Humanities
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
  • General Business, Management and Accounting


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