Institutions and the Importance of Social Control in a Nation's Development
Inquiries into institutional change are relatively new to post-transition Russia. Unlike most studies, this inquiry draws attention to thinking of social control that is aimed, not at changing, but rather at retaining institutions. In this vein, I argue that the retention of institutions can and does indeed play a crucial role in the economic and social development of selected nation-states. I accept the notion that institutions are constantly evolving. However, new institutions both inherit from the past and move forward, evolving into foundational institutional structures. This is what I shall define as institutional matrices that could be thought of as preexisting. These institutional matrices suggest that later emerging institutions do not necessarily pose dramatic and opposing challenges, but rather contribute to the continuity of evolutionary institutional developments. My understanding of institutional matrices includes an analysis of a dominant institutional structure defined by X- and Y-matrices. Attempts at changing historically established institutional structures have, in many cases, resulted in catastrophic aftermaths for selected nations under consideration here. For contrast, I explore some successful national examples of relying upon social control to maintain an effective balance between dominant and complementary institutional matrices.
If you experience problems downloading a file, check if you have the proper application to view it first. In case of further problems read the IDEAS help page. Note that these files are not on the IDEAS site. Please be patient as the files may be large.
As the access to this document is restricted, you may want to look for a different version under "Related research" (further below) or search for a different version of it.
When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:mes:jeciss:v:48:y:2014:i:2:p:309-322. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.
For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Ian Winship)or (Chris Nguyen)
If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.
If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.
If the full references list an item that is present in RePEc, but the system did not link to it, you can help with this form.
If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.
Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.