Institutional Performance

Institutional Grammar Research Initiative (IGRI) affiliates are engaged in research that utilizes the Institutional Grammar to develop theoretically informed criteria for assessing the quality of institutions.

Below is a list of projects relating to this research theme currently being pursued by IGRI affiliates.

Project Title: Procedural Tools for Effective Governance (PROTEGO): Patterns, Outcomes, and Policy Design.

Project Description: PROTEGO draws on a fundamental claim: the design and combinations of procedural regulatory instruments have causal effects on the performance of political systems, specifically on trust in government, control of corruption, sustainability and the quality of the business environment. The key mechanism in this causal relation is accountability to different types of stakeholders. PROTEGO provides a theoretical rationale to capture these accountability effects by adopting an extension of delegation theory that considers multiple stakeholders. Empirically, this research program collects, validates and analyses original data across the EU and its 28 Member States for the period 2000-2017. The new dataset maps in detail the design of the following administrative procedures: Notice and Comment, Freedom of Information, Impact Assessment of proposed legislation and regulation, Ombudsman procedures and Administrative Judicial Review.

Project Team: Claudio Radaelli, Claire Dunlop, Jonathan Kamkhaji

Funding Sources: European Research Council Advanced Grant

Project Title: The Evolution of Benefit Sanctions in Poland in the Light of Institutional Grammar

Project Description: The project has two aims. The first one is to study how legal regulations on benefit sanction have been evolving in Poland since 1990. The second one is to assess the usefulness of the institutional grammar for studying legal regulations on social policy written in Polish. The study is exploratory in its character and follows changes only in legal regulations on unemployment benefits and social assistance benefits. Results coming from the project will increase our understanding of welfare conditionality in Eastern European countries as well they will contribute to the further development of the institutional grammar tool.      

Project Team Leader: Bartosz Pieliński, PhD (

Other Project Members: Prof. Ryszard Szarfenberg; Tomasz Mering, PhD; Klaudia Wolniewicz-Slomka, PhD

Funder: University of Warsaw

Project Title: Using the Grammar of Institutions to Measure Institutional Designs for Addressing Collective Action Dilemmas in Multi-scale Governing Systems

Project Team: Edella Schlager