Clemens Hirsch

Thesis title
Types of Explanation and Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Institutionalist Theorizing

Supervisor
prof. Uskali Mäki

Description
Institutionalist theories constitute an important strand of contemporary social scientific research. However, until now the deeper relations among the multiplicity of existing accounts have largely remained unexplored. Consequently, current research often suffers from quite eclectic borrowing among existing accounts and from missing methodological standards.

This present state of research gives rise to a variety of interesting methodological and philosophical questions in relation to institutionalist theorizing. By analyzing the explanatory characteristics of selected institutionalist theories in different social scientific disciplines I want to point to fruitful lines of inter- theoretical and interdisciplinary collaboration in order to support, ultimately, a better-founded and more problem-oriented selection among the different accounts of institutionalist research.

E-mail: clemens_hirsch@remove-this.yahoo.de

About EIPE

Although researchers with a serious interest in economic methodology are scattered around the world, there is only one Ph.D. program in the field, at Erasmus Institute for Philosophy and Economics at Erasmus University in Rotterdam. Not surprisingly, this institute has attracted an outstanding faculty; and it regularly hosts as visitors all the leading figures in the field. It is a very special place which I regularly recommend to students interested in graduate studies in economic methodology.
Daniel Hausman
Herbert A. Simon and Hilldale Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Wisconsin-Madison