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INSTITUTIONAL Change as Cultural Change. An Illustration by Chinese Postsocialist Transformation

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  • EL KAROUNI, Ilyess

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Culture of a society reflects its social values. So, through Chinese experience, we want to show that institutional change is not only an economic or a political process but fundamentally a cultural one. It is therefore based on a change in values and mentalities. Like in a chemical reaction, we discern initial conditions, factors which triggered the reaction, catalysts and elements of synthesis. Chinese institutional change per se derived from a cultural shock induced by the Chinese economic, political and cultural opening which acts as trigger. The remain paper deals with the other elements of the process.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 8739.

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Date of creation: Nov 2007
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Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:8739

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Keywords: China; institutional change; culture; causality;

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