CONTENIDO: Classical accounts of institutional change. Contemporary theories of institutional change. Rationality and social institutions. The outline of this book. The Primary Importance of Distributional Conflict. The benefits of social institutions. Rationality and institutional benefits. A distributive conception of social institutions. Institutions and Strategic Choice: Information, Sanctions, and Social Expectations. The complexity of strategic decision making. Institutions and social expectations. Implications for a theory of social institutions. A final clarification. The Spontaneous Emergence of Social Institutions: Contemporary Theories of Institutional Change. The logic of evolutionary explanations. Evolutionary theories of institutional change. Conclusions. The Spontaneous Emergence of Social Institutions: A Bargaining Theory of Emergence and Change. Institutional emergence: bargaining and asymmetries of power. A comparative analysis: the emergence of rules of property division. Stability and Change: Conflicts Over Formal Institutions. The stability of informal institutions. The state and conflicts over formal institutions. The strategic choice of institutions: a comparison of effects. Incluye bibliografía e índice.