Institutionalization of politics

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Institutionalization of politics
Synonympolitical institutionalization
meaningthe introduction of "routinized, recurrent and predictable patterns of political behavior"[1]
Institutionalization of politics
Traditional Chinese政治制度化
Simplified Chinese政治制度化

The institutionalization of politics[2] (also spelled as institutionalisation of politics; Chinese: 政治制度化),[3] commonly known as political institutionalization[4] or political institutionalisation, refers to the founding, arrangement, and codification of the states' various institutions, generally via constitution-making or some other constitutional mechanisms.[5] It is the process by which political structures and practices take root.[6]


Political institutionalization means that political initiatives have been increasingly constrained by both formal and informal rules or norms.[7] And through the process of political institutionalization, the state-society nexus has been enhanced.[8]

Samuel Huntington defines political institutionalization as "the process by which organizations and procedures acquire value and stability",[9] and regards it as equivalent to political development.[10]


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  9. ^ Anne Meng (20 August 2020). Constraining Dictatorship: From Personalized Rule to Institutionalized Regimes. Cambridge University Press. pp. 95–. ISBN 978-1-108-83489-6.
  10. ^ John T. Ishiyama (1 March 2011). Comparative Politics: Principles of Democracy and Democratization. John Wiley & Sons. pp. 74–. ISBN 978-1-4443-4292-5.