This article argues that North does not conceptualise the difference between ideologies as shared beliefs, which arise from shared mental models in con- sequence of bottom-up processes, and ideologies as views which stimulate top-down institutional processes, by means of which informal norms and existing beliefs are re-oriented. Top-down processes are possible because shared beliefs are characterised by variety and malleability, rather than by a (homogeneous) “cultural heritage”. Although in North’s theory the reciprocal influence between informal and formal norms is interpretable as an alterna- tion of bottom-up and top-down processes, he does not develop this perspective.

Ideologies and beliefs in Douglass North’s theory

Ambrosino, Angela;Fiori, Stefano
2018

Abstract

This article argues that North does not conceptualise the difference between ideologies as shared beliefs, which arise from shared mental models in con- sequence of bottom-up processes, and ideologies as views which stimulate top-down institutional processes, by means of which informal norms and existing beliefs are re-oriented. Top-down processes are possible because shared beliefs are characterised by variety and malleability, rather than by a (homogeneous) “cultural heritage”. Although in North’s theory the reciprocal influence between informal and formal norms is interpretable as an alterna- tion of bottom-up and top-down processes, he does not develop this perspective.
EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF THE HISTORY OF ECONOMIC THOUGHT
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Ideology; beliefs; mental models; institutional change
Ambrosino, Angela; Fiori, Stefano
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