A Research Agenda for New Institutional Economics
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A Research Agenda for New Institutional Economics

Edited by Claude Ménard and Mary M. Shirley

Consisting of 30 concise chapters written by top scholars, this Research Agenda probes the knowledge frontiers of issues long at the forefront of New Institutional Economics (NIE), including government, contracts and property rights. It examines pressing research questions surrounding norms, culture, and beliefs. It is designed to inform and inspire students and those starting their careers in economics, law and political science. Well-established scholars will also find the book invaluable in updating their understanding of crucial research questions and seeking new areas to explore.
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Chapter 8: Interrelated technical and institutional coordination: the case of network infrastructures

Rolf Künneke


The literature barely addresses the interrelated coordination of technical processes and economic transactions. Yet it is a prominent issue, especially for network infrastructures, which are currently undergoing fundamental technological and institutional changes. Important drivers include advances in information and communication technology (ICT) and ongoing institutional restructuring, allowing for modularization of services and competition between providers. Three areas of research are proposed. First is the identification of different interrelations between technical features of network infrastructures and corresponding rules and rights at different levels of analysis. A second issue is the relation between the performance of network infrastructures and its technical and institutional coordination. Third, research is needed on the normative assessment of different technological and institutional coordination arrangements, which will contribute to discussions of the social acceptance and acceptability of the changes in network infrastructures.

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