According to Tang, a general theory "must subsume existing partial or specific theories and make them special cases of a general theory Tang, , The proverbial example from physics would be Einstein's General Theory of Relativity. It does not displace or falsify Newton's theory of physics but it does refocus it and explain things that Newton's theory cannot.
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Legitimacy and institutional change in international organisations: a cognitive approach
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A General Theory of Institutional Change (Routledge Studies in the Modern World Economy)
Yet, no general theory of institutional change exists. Drawing from a diverse literature, this book develops a general theory of institutional change, based on a social evolutionary synthesis of the conflict approach and the harmony approach. The book argues that because the whole process of institutional change can be understood as a process of selecting a few ideas and turning them into institutions, competition of ideas and struggle for power to make rules are often at the heart of institutional change.
The general theory not only integrates more specific theories and insights on institutional change that have been scattered in different fields into a coherent general theory but also provides fundamental new insights and points to new directions for future research.