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Performativity of economic systems: approach and implications for taxonomy

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  • Carsten Herrmann-Pillath

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The paper proposes to ground the taxonomy of economic systems on the identification of strongly performative institutions as distinctive features. I analyse performativity on the basis of the Aoki model of institutions, enriched by current approaches to performativity, which I combine with Searle's notion of a status function. Performativity is conceived as resulting from the conjunction of public representations (sign systems) and behavioural dispositions which channel strategic interactions among actors such that certain sets of institutions are reproduced recurrently. I apply this approach to the case of ‘financial capitalism’ and analyse three strongly performative institutions, the accounting standards (International Financial Reporting Standards), managerial incentive systems and intellectual property rights.

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  • Carsten Herrmann-Pillath, 2013. "Performativity of economic systems: approach and implications for taxonomy," Journal of Economic Methodology, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 20(2), pages 139-163, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:jecmet:v:20:y:2013:i:2:p:139-163
    DOI: 10.1080/1350178X.2013.801559
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    1. Inklaar, Robert & Koetter, Michael & Noth, Felix, 2012. "Who's afraid of big bad banks? Bank competition, SME, and industry growth," Frankfurt School - Working Paper Series 197, Frankfurt School of Finance and Management.
    2. Boeing, Philipp & Mueller, Elisabeth & Sandner, Philipp, 2012. "What makes Chinese firms productive? Learning from indigenous and foreign sources of knowledge," Frankfurt School - Working Paper Series 196, Frankfurt School of Finance and Management.
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    • B41 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - Economic Methodology - - - Economic Methodology
    • P00 - Economic Systems - - General - - - General

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