The paper deals with impulsive differential systems, i.e. ordinary differential equations systems
subjected to (additive) impulses at fixed times
. The impulse at time
by an amount that may depend on
(but not on
, after which the state variable is again governed by the system
. The paper uses a general concept of stability (and of asymptotic stability and also of instability) with respect to maps that includes several stability concepts found in the literature. Several theorems give sufficient conditions for stability, asymptotic stability, and instability of the impulsive system. Examples show that impulses can stabilize an otherwise unstable system and destablilize an otherwise stable system. A population growth model that allows for “impulsive” fishing is studied.