Seeing institutions in different ways
Seeing institutions in different ways

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Seeing institutions in different ways


In this free course, I have aimed to help you develop your understanding of institutions and institutional development by:

  • identifying key concepts with which you can build up your understanding of institutions
  • showing how these concepts can be formed into a conceptual framework that enables you to analyse institutional landscapes and institutional development
  • suggesting that you can and should develop your own conceptual framework.

I have also presented you with a ‘story’ of institutional development. I trust this has shown that institutional development is a fundamental aspect of development and development management, in that (in this particular case) it is about creating new rules and norms and values through which people’s well-being can be enhanced.

I hope you have found the concepts I have introduced helpful in terms of developing your understanding of the institutions and institutional development which are important in your life and work.


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