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1 Understanding Politics, Laws, and Economics Chapter 2Understanding Politics, Laws, and Economics
2 After studying this chapter, you should be able to: LEARNING OBJECTIVESAfter studying this chapter, you should be able to:Explain the concept of institutions and their key role in reducing uncertaintyArticulate the two core propositions underpinning an institution-based view of global businessIdentify the basic differences between democracy and totalitarianismOutline the differences among civil law, common law, and theocratic lawUnderstand the importance of property rights and intellectual property rightsAppreciate the differences among market economy, command economy, and mixed economyParticipate in three leading debates on politics, laws, and economicsDraw managerial implications
3 FORMAL AND INFORMAL INSTITUTIONS institutions - formal and informal policies popularly known as “the rules of the game”institution-based view - leading perspective on global business in which firms constantly monitor, decode, and adapt to the changing rules of the game to survive and prosper
4 FORMAL AND INFORMAL INSTITUTIONS institutional framework - formal and informal institutions governing individual and firm behaviorformal institutions - laws, regulations, and rulesregulatory pillar - coercive power of governments
5 FORMAL AND INFORMAL INSTITUTIONS informal institutions - institutions represented by norms, cultures, and ethicsnormative pillar - how the values, beliefs, and actions of other relevant players - collectively known as norms - influence the behavior of focal individuals and firmscognitive pillar - internalized, taken-for-granted values and beliefs that guide individual and firm behavior
6 WHAT DO INSTITUTIONS DO? key role is to reduce uncertainty by influencing individuals’ and firms’ decision making by signaling which conduct is legitimate and acceptable and which is nottransaction costs - costs associated with economic transactions, costs of doing businessopportunism - self-interest seeking with guileinstitutional transitions - fundamental and comprehensive changes introduced to the formal and informal rules of the game that affect organizations as players
10 POLITICAL SYSTEMSpolitical risk - associated with political changes that may negatively impact domestic and foreign firms
11 POLITICAL SYSTEMSDemocracy - political system in which citizens elect representatives to govern the country on their behalfAn individual’s right to freedom of expression and organization is a fundamental aspect of democracy that is relevant to the effective conduct of global business
12 POLITICAL SYSTEMStotalitarianism (or dictatorship) - political system in which one person or party exercises absolute political control over the populationCommunist totalitarianism centers on a communist partyRight-wing totalitarianism characterized by intense hatred of communism with one party, typically backed by the military, restricts political freedom, arguing that such freedom would lead to communism
13 POLITICAL SYSTEMStotalitarianism (or dictatorship) - political system in which one person or party exercises absolute political control over the populationTheocratic totalitarianism - monopolization of political power in the hands of one religious party or groupTribal totalitarianism - one tribe or ethnic group (which may or may not be the majority of the population) monopolizes political power and oppresses other tribes or ethnic groups
14 LEGAL SYSTEMSlegal system - rules of the game on how a country’s laws are enacted and enforcedcivil law - derived from Roman law and strengthened by Napoleon’s France, it is the oldest, most influential, and most widely distributed law around the worldcommon law - shaped by precedents and traditions, English in origin, based on previous judicial decisionstheocratic law - based on religious teachings
16 PROPERTY RIGHTSproperty rights - legal rights to use an economic property (resource) and to derive income and benefits from itpatents - legal rights awarded by government authorities to inventors of new products or processes, who are given exclusive (monopoly) rights to derive income from inventions through activities such as manufacturing, licensing, or selling
17 PROPERTY RIGHTSintellectual property - intangible property that results from intellectual activity (such as books, videos, and websites)intellectual property rights - rights associated with the ownership of intellectual propertycopyrights - exclusive legal rights of authors and publishers to publish and disseminate their worktrademarks - exclusive legal rights of firms to use specific names, brands, and designs to differentiate their products from otherspiracy - unauthorized use of intellectual property rights
18 ECONOMIC SYSTEMSeconomic system - rules of the game on how a country is governed economicallymarket economy - characterized by the “invisible hand” of market forcescommand economy - all factors of production are government- or state-owned and controlled, and all supply, demand, and pricing are planned by the governmentmixed economy - characterized by elements of both a market economy and a command economy
19 Drivers of Economic Development: Culture, Geography, or Institutions? Some African countries such as Burundi so underdeveloped (poor)?More generally, what drives economic development in different countries?
21 Speed and Effectiveness of Institutional Transitions: China versus Russia If democracies favor economic growth, how do you explain the fact that China, a totalitarian regime, boasts the fastest growing economy in the last 30 years?
22 Measures of Political Risk: Perception vs. Objective Measures How to actually measure political risk has led to a significant debate.One side suggests that political risk is based on perception and that the best measures can be found through surveys of international executives on their perceptions.However, critics argue that perception can be deceiving and misleading. They point out that perception-based rankings in the 1990s failed to provide warning of political changes in Indonesia, Malaysia, South Korea, and Thailand.Critics advocate objective measures of political risk that take into account a country’s underlying political and regulatory structures.