Komesar'S razor: Comparative institutional analysis in a world of networks

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articlepeer-review


This contribution to the Symposium in honor of Professor Neil Komesar's pathbreaking work on comparative institutional analysis addresses one question: what is the relevance of comparative institutional analysis to a world based on networks of individuals often operating across institutions or working to create new institutions? After a review of the context for Komesar's work and an appreciation of 'Komesar's Razor,' the author addresses this key question in the context of three contemporary debates: international intellectual property reform, same-sex marriage, and reform of health care delivery and finance in the United States. The main conclusion is that Komesar's work provides an important starting point for addressing institutions in a world of networks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)455-479
Number of pages25
JournalWisconsin Law Review
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Law


Dive into the research topics of 'Komesar'S razor: Comparative institutional analysis in a world of networks'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this