1. Definitions and issues; 2. Formalism and anti-formalism; 3. Individualism and holism; 4. Rationality and rule following; 5. Evolution and design; 6. Efficiency and reform; 7. Conflicts and complementarities.
'This is clearly a book which anyone seriously interested in economic institutions should read. It is well organized, clearly written, and short. For these reasons, it would be suitable for courses with an institutional, organizational, or methodological focus in any of the social sciences. Readers interested in the new institutional economics, even if they have no acquaintance with 'old' institutionalism, are particularly likely to benefit from Rutherford's systematic and well-informed exposition.' Canadian Journal of Economics