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Commitment to norms and the formation of institutions

Pietro Guarnieri

Discussion Papers from Dipartimento di Economia e Management (DEM), University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy

Abstract: The paper discusses Searle's description of institutions in terms of deontological constitutive rules and collective recognition. It aims at integrating Searlian conception of commitment with an epistemology of rule-following capable to illustrate processes of formation of institutions. Social ontology per se cannot account for the formation of constitutive rules. Actually, it requires taking as given the object of collective recognition, i.e. the specific content of status functions. The hypothesis of interactive intentionality is introduced to account for the commitment to status functions as the result of an interactive decision-making process concerning alternative constitutive definitions. This interactive process, by acting on the normative interpretation of decision contexts, frames relevance and salience criteria and grounds the formation of institutions. Interactive intentionality hypothesis offers the opportunity to make social-ontological approach based on commitment theoretically commensurable with social-scientific approach based on equilibria and self-enforcement.

Keywords: institutions; rule-following; conflict; formation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: B15 B31 B40 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017-01-01
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cdm, nep-hme, nep-hpe, nep-mic and nep-pke
Note: ISSN 2039-1854
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