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Morality and institutions: an exploration

Morality and institutions: an exploration

Morton, John F. (2008) Morality and institutions: an exploration. Discussion Paper. Research Programme Consortium on Improving Institutions for Pro-Poor Growth (IPPG), Manchester, UK.

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Abstract

This paper explores the question of how culturally varying views of ‘morality’, ‘fairness’ and ‘justice’, particularly those held by the rural poor in developing countries, influence the way people evaluate,work within, use and (sometimes) resist, economic institutions – especially the institutions that emerge or are actively promoted during ‘development’ (market-oriented or otherwise)? It reviews the way this and related questions have been dealt with in a wide range of subjects, including social anthropology,
institutional economics, economic sociology, experimental economics, and the study of rural protest. It then discusses how insights about morality and its interactions with institutions could be incorporated more widely into our understanding of the relationship between institutions and development and, in particular, whether we should begin to understand moralities as part of the wider domain of informal institutions which interact with formal institutions to shape behaviours.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Additional Information: This paper forms part of the IPPG Discussion Paper Series (Discussion Paper 22).
Uncontrolled Keywords: institutions, development, rural protest
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute > Development Studies Research Group
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute > Livelihoods & Institutions Department
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Last Modified: 01 Feb 2016 11:09
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/2134

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