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Ordres contradictoires et coordination destructive : Le malaise iranien


  • Mehrdad Vahabi

    () (ERASME - Recherche et analyse des sociétés Maghreb-Europe - Université Paris VIII - Vincennes Saint-Denis)


Contradictory Orders and Destructive Coordination: The Iranian Disease The concept of 'mode of coordination' captures the way economy is embedded in social relationships and influences the integration of society through an 'instituted process.' Three main typical or ideal modes of coordination have been identified in the literature, namely the market, the bureaucratic and the ethical (reciprocity) modes of coordination (Polanyi 1944, [1957] 1968; Lindblom 1977; and Kornai, 1984, 1992). Our purpose is to introduce another type of coordination that we name 'destructive mode of coordination'. It is social organisation through the use of coercive means. This type of coordination has almost been entirely neglected in the literature, although it has existed since ancient times in different forms and varieties. A typical recent illustration is the social order under the Islamic Republic of Iran that will be the focus of the paper.

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  • Mehrdad Vahabi, 2010. "Ordres contradictoires et coordination destructive : Le malaise iranien," Post-Print hal-00629134, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:hal-00629134
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    1. Mehrdad Vahabi, 2011. "The Economics of Destructive Power," Chapters,in: Handbook on the Economics of Conflict, chapter 5 Edward Elgar Publishing.
    2. Jérôme Maucourant, 2012. "Les limites du capitalisme : penser la crise du néolibéralisme et les failles de la pensée économique avec Karl Polanyi," Post-Print halshs-00806223, HAL.
    3. Vahabi, Mehrdad, 2015. "جایگاه سپاه در اقتصاد ایران
      [The Economic Role of Sepah (The Guardians of Revolution)in the Iranian Economy]
      ," MPRA Paper 68531, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    4. Mehrdad Vahabi, 2017. "Coercive state, resisting society, political and economic development in Iran," CEPN Working Papers 2017-17, Centre d'Economie de l'Université de Paris Nord.
    5. Mehrdad Vahabi, 2009. "An Introduction to Destructive Coordination," Post-Print hal-00629124, HAL.
    6. Vahabi, Mehrdad, 2011. "Soft budget constraint and the parastatal sector," MPRA Paper 37926, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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    mode of coordination; destructive coordination; contradictory orders; parallel institutions; Islamic Republic of Iran; coordination destructive; ordres contradictoires; mode de coordination; institutions parallèles; République Islamique d'Iran;

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    • O1 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development
    • D74 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Conflict; Conflict Resolution; Alliances; Revolutions
    • H1 - Public Economics - - Structure and Scope of Government
    • A12 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Relation of Economics to Other Disciplines
    • F51 - International Economics - - International Relations, National Security, and International Political Economy - - - International Conflicts; Negotiations; Sanctions
    • E6 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook
    • P4 - Economic Systems - - Other Economic Systems
    • A14 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Sociology of Economics

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