Chapter 1- Readings

Chapter 1- Readings - Framework for Institutional and...

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Framework for Institutional and Policy Analysis Mark S.J - Late 1980’s/90’s brought changes in political ideas/regimes/constitutions o Much of this is due to changed in political, economic and social structures that dictate policy - Rules: Norms of behavior people follow (Law + Social norms) o Multiple rules = Rules configuration o Rules about rules = Constitutional rule configuration o Acceptance of rules is necessary, thus compliance from citizens and enforcement by institutions is needed This brings up Rules in Use vs. Rules in Form. While Rules in Use affect us (It’s illegal to price gouge during a famine), rules in Form only guide our psyche (price gouging on food doesn’t really happen outside a famine, thus laws against price gouging during famines are in Use during a famine and in Form otherwise) - Goods: Natural resources transformed o Both Public and Private goods - Individuals: The basis of everything - Decision situations: Moments where we must make a choice on rules and/ or goods - Policy Outcome and Impact: Policy impact is difficult to measure. o Rule configurations interact with each other, are built upon each other and thus, their impact is not easy to discern - Government at Work: Rules are not simple political instruments to be manipulated at will. Rules at all levels have different meanings for individuals o Indie enjoy autonomy from rules, thus rules will not always have the desired effect. o Rules represent a preferred state of community affairs for the successive generations but will always lag. - Basic Logic: The expected outcome of the rule – how everyone accepts and interprets the rule. A regular pattern emerges, however, rules are not static and thus have different impacts depending on time + place. - Community of understanding: How people understand the rules and their effects. Evaluation
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Mark S.J Individuals: Ultimate constituent of the world and they act independently or collectively. - Persons who are often similar but not necessarily identical - Adult citizens with different levels of knowledge, education and skills - Subject of political science (no fucking shit Sabetti) Basic economic concept of “People act selfishly” = we do what offers us the most MB
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This note was uploaded on 04/28/2011 for the course POLI 211 taught by Professor Sabetti during the Fall '08 term at McGill.

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