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But they are complex products built through time and through a long succession of processes that includes unanticipated developments. Institutions do not reveal nor embody efficient and rational design—at least not necessarily. At any point in time, furthermore, institutions are external ‘facts’, ‘objects’ that structure and constrain individuals and their projects. This emergent coherence undeniably echoes a complete reading of Max Weber’s methodological individualism as presented above (Weber 1978: 13–14).

Thirdly, institutional entrepreneurship is rarely a case of individual ‘heroism’. Most of the time, it reflects instead a spatially dispersed, multinodal and complex process; institutional entrepreneurship is often of a collective kind. Fourthly, this process also has an important temporal dimension and institutional transformation has, most of the time, several stages and sequences. Finally, the type of agency associated with institutional transformation is generally better described by terms like ambiguity, unexpected developments, and complex motives than by an image of self-interested and rational strategic action.

Another pioneer was Westel W. Willoughby, a PhD from Johns Hopkins University but also the founder there of the Political Science Department. He was amongst the early founding members (and the first Secretary General and Treasurer) of the American Political Science Association (APSA) in 1903. The APSA was willingly and explicitly modelled on the AEA. This type of initiative naturally contributed to the transformation of political and legal theory into political science and to the structuration and professionalization of the latter as a social scientific discipline.

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