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Regulation and institutions: rules, roles and frames

Abstract:

Governments are a kind of institution with established practices, rules and ways of behaving, and regulate change through various institutional devices. Records management promotes stability and continuity through institutional rules, as an internal regulator. It promotes a logic of consensus, which tends to draw all members of an organisation into common knowledge structures which frame their way of seeing the world. Innovative change must challenge these embedded values to be successful.

Key words

government institutions

institutional norms

institutional change

regulation

knowledge structures

self-reinforcing systems

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