"The breadth of the chapters assembled by the editors is impressive, covering a wide array of topics across the traditional political science subfields. The discipline of political science sorely needs this book in order to move beyond the agency/structure dichotomy that has stymied theorizing and beyond ad hoc accounts of agency that have weakened explanation."—Peregrine Schwartz-Shea, University of UtahPolitical Creativity intervenes in the lively debate currently underway in the social sciences on institutional change. Editors Gerald Berk, Dennis C. Galvan, and Victoria Hattam, along with the contributors to the volume, show how institutions inevitably combine order and change, because formal rules and roles are always available for reconfiguration. Creative action is not the exception but the very process through which all political formations are built, promulgated and changed.
"Original and timely. Political Creativity will offer a needed advance to scholarly creativity within academic institutional discourse."—Thomas M. Wilson, Binghamton University
Drawing on the rich cache of antidualist theoretical traditions, from poststructuralism and ecological theory to constructivism and pragmatism, a diverse group of scholars probes acts of social innovation in many locations: land boards in Botswana, Russian labor relations, international statistics, global supply chains, Islamic economics in Algeria, Islamic sects and state authority in Senegal, and civil rights reform, colonization, industrial policy, and political consulting in the United States. These political scientists reconceptualize agency as a relational process that continually reorders the nature and meaning of people and things, order as an assemblage that necessitates creative tinkering and interpretation, and change as the unruly politics of time that confounds the conventional ordering of past, present, and future. Political Creativity offers analytical tools for reimagining order and change as entangled processes.
Contributors: Stephen Amberg, Chris Ansell, Gerald Berk, Kevin Bruyneel, Dennis C. Galvan, Deborah Harrold, Victoria Hattam, Yoshiko M. Herrera, Gary Herrigel, Joseph Lowndes, Ato Kwamena Onoma, Adam Sheingate, Rudra Sil, Ulrich Voskamp, Volker Wittke.
Gerald Berk is Professor of Political Science at University of Oregon and author of Louis D. Brandeis and the Making of Regulated Competition, 1900-1930.
Dennis C. Galvan is Professor of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Oregon and author of The State Must Be Our Master of Fire: How Peasants Craft Culturally Sustainable Development in Senegal.
Victoria Hattam is Professor of Politics at the New School for Social Research and author of In the Shadow of Race: Jews, Latinos, and Immigrant Politics in the United States.