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Institutional Anomie Theory. How much do we trust other people?

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1 Institutional Anomie Theory

2 How much do we trust other people?

3 People will lie if they can get away with it. All Students 89.9% Males 90.0% Females 88.4% Nation* 60.0% % Agree *Kanter and Mirvis (1989)

4 People claim to have ethical standards but few stick to them when money is at stake. All Students81.0% Males90.0% Females76.7% Nation*62.0% % Agree *Kanter and Mirvis (1989)

5 An unselfish person is taken advantage of in today’s world. All Students 92.1% Males100.0% Females 88.4% Nation* 50.0% % Agree *Kanter and Mirvis (1989)

6 What institutions in society encourage us to look out for ourselves? For one another? Family Economy Education Politics Religion

7 Messner and Rosenfeld (1994) Institutional Anomie Theory Institutional balance of power Economy, family, education, polity Institutional anomie (imbalance) Economic values permeate and weaken other institutions and their social values Increases anomie: sense of normlessness Reduces social controls over behavior

8 Institutional Anomie Theory Economic values penetrate non- economic institutions Communitarian values and social bonds are weakened Social controls over behavior are reduced

9 Institutional Anomie Theory in a Nutshell Economic values penetrate and weaken non- economic institutions leading to lower levels of social control over self-serving behaviors, including deviance & crime

10 Policy Implication of Institutional Anomie Theory Foster an institutional balance of power Strengthen non-economic social institutions and the communitarian values they transmit

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