Abstract: This article engages with Bevir and Rhodes’ version of interpretivism from a critical realist perspective. It argues that they are misguided to equate path-dependency with path determinancy. Instead, we argue that there are three path-dependencies, institutional, discursive and political-economic, which constrain without determining the actions of agents and thus effect political outcomes. The argument is illustrated through a brief consideration of the operation of the British Political Tradition.
MARSH, D., & FAWCETT, P. (2014). Two cheers for interpretivism: Deconstructing the British political tradition. Australian Journal of Public Administration, 73(3), 340-348. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-8500.12087