Research Theme Institutions

The strength of societies is to a large extent determined by the quality of the institutions: the formal and informal rules of human interaction. These institutions – laws, customs, networks, organisations, etc – enable or constrain an open, democratic and equitable society. They also determine a society’s ability to absorb shocks, and its sustainability.

At Utrecht University, scholars from economics, history, public administration, culture, law, sociology, social psychology, ethics, innovation studies, and geography join forces to find answers to the key questions: Why do societies develop so divergently? How do institutions contribute to the formation of open and sustainable societies?

The Renforce research programme seeks to contribute to this research theme by executing interdisciplinary research in the area of regulation and enforcement in Europe. More information on the research theme can be found on its website.