Institutional transfer and institutional entrepreneurship in colonialism: Evidence from an ex-British colony

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Abstract

This paper analyses institutional transfer in the period of British colonialism in Cyprus (1878-1960) and shortly after independence and discusses the role of institutional entrepreneurs in changing institutions. By analyzing the development of industrial relations, banking and education, it suggests that the three key mechanisms driving institutional change – the coercive, the mimetic and the normative – contribute to change in these institutions and that institutional entrepreneurs influence institutional development by reflecting on structures, using their analytical and political skills, and mobilizing others. Two key factors that seem to influence the choice of strategy are the stage in the development of a new institutional idea and the type of change.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusSubmitted - 2019

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