There is a renewal of interest across the social sciences in how social arrangements evolve to organize new social spaces and the role of actors in the creation of that space. One way to label this set of approaches has been to call them "new institutional theories." The Center has a focus on "Culture, Organizations, and Politics". These elements are at the core of understanding how new social spaces emerge, form, and are transformed. The Center supports an ongoing workshop where work in progress is presented and discussed. It also provides funds for graduate student research and sponsors conferences and other programs. Students and faculty from all social science disciplines are welcome to participate. The seminar draws mainly on students and faculty from sociology, political science, the business school, and the law school.