Title
Ecology of national rule birth: a longitudinal study of Dutch higher education law, 1960-2004 Ecology of national rule birth: a longitudinal study of Dutch higher education law, 1960-2004
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Applied Economics
Publication type
article
Publication
New Brunswick, N.J. ,
Subject
Law
Educational sciences
Source (journal)
Journal of public administration research and theory. - New Brunswick, N.J., 1991, currens
Volume/pages
20(2010) :1 , p. 187-213
ISSN
1053-1858
1477-9803
ISI
000273118100009
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
To date, quantitative assessments of the evolution of national rules have only rarely been conducted, leaving many questions ill-understood and unaddressed, particularly as to the features of rule stock evolution patterns. Can such patterns be traced, and if so, can the underlying causal mechanisms be identified? This article will address these questions. The premise is that forces endogenous to the rule system, inherent to any population of national rules, together with the demographic characteristics of rule makers, and the institutional features of the rule-making bodies jointly determine the birth rates of national rules. Given this key assumption, we offer a three-fold contribution. First, we develop a theoretical framework that integrates ecological with demographic and institutional theories of the evolution of law. Second, we describe longitudinal quantitative data concerning rule (birth) events within the domain of postwar Dutch higher education legislation. Third, we apply negative binomial regression techniques in order to estimate a comprehensive theory-driven model specification of the underlying drivers of national rule birth.
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