“Flaky Pastry” of Politics: Recipes and Improvisations

“Flaky Pastry” of Politics:
Recipes and Improvisations

Ilyin M.V.,

Dr. Sci. (Polit. Sci.), Principal Researcher, INION RAN; Professor, HSE University, Moscow, Russia, mikhaililyin48@gmail.com

elibrary_id: 1332 | ORCID: 0000-0001-6278-374X | RESEARCHER_ID: K-1361-2015

DOI: 10.17976/jpps/2016.01.07

For citation:

Ilyin M.V. “Flaky Pastry” of Politics: Recipes and Improvisations. – Polis. Political Studies. 2016. No. 1. P. 88-103. (In Russ.). https://doi.org/10.17976/jpps/2016.01.07


The article further develops critical investigation of heterogeneous institutional arrangements (flaky pastry) initiated in the first part of the article. Institutional ambiguity rests on two modes ofexistence – temporal on line and extemporal off line. Human agency provides an interface of bothmodes that can be associated with ongoing improvisations and fixed recipes. Procedures and criteriaof saturation and purification are discussed. Each of the three basic cognitive schemata – a thing, anorganism and an ecosystem (community of life forms) – helps to single out various aspects of life. Some cognitive schemata suit particular aspects of politics better than other analytic instruments. Combination of heuristic capabilities is the key issue. The article further presents sequencing and orientations of specific aspects of reforms. Particular attention is focused on the risks and prospects of alternative strategies of reforms, their recipes and improvisations. Transformation of institutions by saturating them with new practices is claimed to be naturally advantageous. It is saturation of traditional institutions be democratic practices that accounts for success of conclusive cases of democratization.

institutions; processes; langue; parole; on line; off line; agency; complementarity; thick and thin institutions; saturation and purification of institutions; formal and informal institutions; institutions of various scale; orders; regimes; practices; reforms.

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See also:

Ilyin M.V.,
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Gelman V.Ya.,
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Kupryashin G.L.,
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