Identity and the Evolution of Institutions: Evidence from Partition and Interwar Poland.

Hartwell, C. A., 2017. Identity and the Evolution of Institutions: Evidence from Partition and Interwar Poland. Forum for Social Economics, 1 - 22. (In Press)

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DOI: 10.1080/07360932.2017.1394900

Abstract

This paper advances a logical, if possibly controversial, thesis: institutional design is inherently a product of identity, at both the individual and group level. Building on recent advances in identity economics and new institutional economics, this research shows how identity can be used to explain institutional genesis and the persistence of “inefficient” institutions. Applying this model to Poland in the ninnettenth and early twentieth centuries, it is evident that the identity-based institutional building which had served individuals so well under occupation in Poland resulted in “inefficient” institutions, unsuited for the changing external environment. Only taking an identity lens to the Polish experience can we see a satisfactory explanation for the failure of institutions in interwar Poland.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:0736-0932
Uncontrolled Keywords:identity economics; institutions; Poland; institutional change
Group:Faculty of Management
ID Code:30632
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:30 Apr 2018 15:02
Last Modified:30 Apr 2018 15:02

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