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On Thinking Institutionally

3.47  ·  Rating details ·  36 ratings  ·  4 reviews
A brilliant look at institutions as popular as the National Basketball Association and as austere as the Supreme Court, all through the lens of what it means to "think institutionally." The twenty-first-century mind deeply distrusts the authority of institutions. It has taken several centuries for advocates of "critical" thinking to convince Western culture that to be rati ...more
Paperback, 220 pages
Published November 5th 2008 by Paradigm Publishers (first published February 1st 2008)
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Sergio Lopez
Jul 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Too many things wrong to list them all. Let me just say that while I consider myself an institutional thinker and while I agree with his basic thesis that we need to recapture an appreciative stance towards institutions that both distrusts but values them, we arrive at this conclusion very differently. He laments the rise of 20th century critical thought (as if it's too blame for the decline of institutions) and romanticizes institutions in a way that only an inheritor of white male privilege co ...more
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This book goes uphill and against the flow of celebrity culture and the so-called counter-culture to foster loyalty to the long-term values that make so many basic parts of life worthwhile. He celebrates “respect-in-depth”: “This is a respect that engages a person’s sense of obligation to a community of living and dead people who embody the essence of [a particular institution]. Such respect entails a deferential regard for something beyond one’s self. In this way of thinking, self-esteem is est ...more
Ed Brenegar
Mar 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a classic understanding of institutions. To understand why institutions are in trouble, it is helpful to know what a healthy institution is like. This is value of Heclo's book.

This not a critique of why institutions are in decline.

If you are a leader within an institution / organization of any size, this book is worth your reading. It will provide perspective that is necessary in understanding how to strengthen organizations.
Mar 04, 2009 rated it it was ok
Not as interesting as originally hoped or led to believe from the review. I found it dry and redundant.
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