Source: (2010) In, Robert j. Schreiter, et. al, editors, Peacebuilding: Catholic theology, ethics, and praxis. Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books. pp. 56-91.

Why study the norms developing in institutions? Institutions are key for new norms to take hold. Norms don't exist in a vacuum or merely in the minds of individual leaders, practitioners, or scholars. For norms to be implemented, to effect social and political change, they must be institutionalised in organisations and their practices. Other projects of analysing emerging peacebuilding ethics are deductive and normative; beginning from first principles, what should a peacebuilding ethic be? In contrast, this project is inductive, empirical, practical and policy oriented; what norms and practices of peacebuilding are emerging in thse key IGOs and state institutions, what do these have in common, and where do they differ? (excerpt)