Explaining the Arctic Council Secretariat (ACS): Transmission and Imitation (Part II)

The Arctic Institute is published an article titled, “Explaining the Arctic Council Secretariat (ACS): Transmission and Imitation (Part II)”. The article reads in part as follows:

According to sociological institutionalists, institutional forms and procedures are not simply adopted with regard to means-ends efficiency, but reflect culturally specific practices, procedures and symbolism.1) They focus on the relevance of cognitive and sociological processes.2) The explanation of institutional reform is a key concept of sociological institutionalism. Institutional reforms occur because organizations are constantly confronted with socially created recipes for how they should be designed.3)These reform recipes can become “rationalized myths” about what makes a good reform, when they are popularly believed to constitute the solution to a specific problem.4) Those myths can spread through processes of transmission and imitation, thus becoming a new “superstandard” for one institutional aspect.5) This process of diffusion is usually referred to as “isomorphism” and causes organizational structures to grow more and more alike.6) Consequently, the main argument for institutional reform and change is that choices for the design of institutions are based on existing examples.

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