Constructivism and Evolutionism: The Tactic of Government’s Behavior in the Institutional Transition

Hai-tao YANG, Jie FANG


The process of institutional transition was deeply influenced by the government’s behavior, which is the fundamental element in institutional transition analysis. The origin of government’s different behavior comes from philosophy and two conventions in economics. The rationalism leads to constructivism and the empiricism leads to evolutionism, these conventions in economics cause different government’s behavior in the institutional transition. After analyzing these differences, we make a conclusion that the government should pay attention to special initial conditions and compromise two conventions in economics, and then select appropriate tactic for the regional economic development.
Key words: Constructivism, Evolutionism, Institutional transition, Government’s behavior
Résumé: Le processus de transition institutionnelle a été profondément influencée par le comportement du gouvernement, qui est un élément fondamental dans l’analyse de la transition institutionnelle. L’origine des comportements différents du gouvernement réside dans la philosophie et deux conventions économiques. Le rationalisme conduit au constructivisme et l’empirisme à l’évolutionnisme. Ces conventions de l’économie entraînent les comportements gouvernementaux différents dans la transition institutionnelle. Après l’analyse de ces différences, on arrive à la conclusion que le gouvernement devrait prêter attention aux conditions spéciales initiales et faire un compromis pour les deux conventions économiques, et puis choisir la tactique appropriée du développement économique régional.
Mots-Clés: constructivisme, évolutionnisme, transition institutionnelle, comportement gouvernemental

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