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Unformatted text preview: Institutions – September 7, 2010 What Are Institutions? – Constraints – Rules on our behavior – Limits behavior – Constrains it – Self-perpetuating – Have a certain durability – Rule vs. Norm – Norm is customary – Rules are enforced with formal, written laws – Norms are “unspoken” rules with individual mechanisms – States may not enforce norms, but rules ARE enforced – Degree of explicit vs implicit, formal vs informal – Rules are written down laws – In general, human life – “Rules of the game” in a society – Not easily transformed – Cultures: values, beliefs; Institutions: rules, norms – The rules and norms can be based on values and beliefs Institutions and Comparative Politics – Objects of inquiry – outcomes – Why do African countries have poor political institutions whereas Western Countries have tended to have stronger rule of law? – Explanatory factors – Romer and North – Economic performance – Why some perform more better than others?...
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This note was uploaded on 09/27/2011 for the course INTL 3300 taught by Professor Mitchell during the Fall '08 term at University of Georgia Athens.
- Fall '08