A framework for exploring complexity of Institutions (Woodhill, 2008)

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MeTA multi-stakeholder processes workshop for MeTA pilot countries in Wageningen UR Centre for Development Innovation, January 2010

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A framework for exploring complexity of Institutions (Woodhill, 2008)

  1. 1. A framework for exploring complexity of Institutions (Woodhill, 2008) (7a) http://www.thebrokeronline.eu/en/articles/Shaping-behaviour 1
  2. 2. Type Description Examples Meaning Beliefs and The underlying and often deeply • Religious beliefs and values values held assumptions on which people • Assumptions about human nature base decisions • Beliefs about why some people are poor and others are rich • Beliefs about the extent to which governments should intervene in markets • Values in the management of a business that drive it towards corruption or social responsibility Frameworks for Language, theories and concepts • Language understanding used to communicate, explain • Economic theory phenomena and guide action • Principles of law and democratic governance Association Organizations Organizations created by • The United Nations and networks government, business and civil • Global corporations society • Government agencies • Industry associations • Small businesses • Religious organizations • International NGOs • Producer organizations • Coalitions of national NGOs Relationships and The ways and means of building and • Markets transactions maintaining relationships between • Global economic forum individuals and among organizations • Business lunches • Golf games among the ‘old boys network’ Control Mandates, The mandates given or taken by • National constitutions policies and particular groups and organizations, • Articles of association for a business strategies the positions and policies they adopt • Global conventions and the strategies the try to follow • National poverty-reduction strategies • Corporate strategy for socially responsible entrepreneurship • NGO positions on GMOs • Various forms of government policy (agriculture, health, education) Formal and The formal and informal rules that • Traffic rules and regulations informal rules set the constraints for how • The way wedding ceremonies are conducted organizations and individuals can • Laws regarding treatment of employees behave in given situations • Environmental regulations Action Functions, The functions carried out and • Tax collection and administration products and products and services delivered by • Provision of extension, health or education services government, private and civil society services organizations • Financial services provided by banks • Provision of infrastructure by government • Products produced by industry Regular practices The practices and behaviours that • Individual patterns of shopping and behaviours individual repeat in social, economic • Regular behaviours of actors in markets and political life • How people greet each other • How public servants interact with the public 2

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