The concept of institution is one of the core concepts in sociological theories (see Sociology of translation). Institutions have been studied, and the concept defined and redefined, not only in sociology but also in, for example, economics, political science and organization studies. Institution has proved to be a fruitful and versatile concept, but it follows that it is also notoriously difficult to employ because of the possibilities of misunderstanding and confusion between the various usages.
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