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The contested institutionalization of policy paradigm shifts: the adoption of inflation targeting in Israel

Daniel Maman and Zeev Rosenhek

in Socio-Economic Review

Published on behalf of Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics

Volume 7, issue 2, pages 217-243
Published in print April 2009 | ISSN: 1475-1461
Published online November 2008 | e-ISSN: 1475-147X | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ser/mwn026
The contested institutionalization of policy paradigm shifts: the adoption of inflation targeting in Israel

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This article explores the political dynamics that have led to the adoption of inflation targeting in Israel, within the context of a broader process of policy paradigm shift. We consider inflation targeting as an institutional arrangement with far reaching consequences for the distribution of power between different state agencies. Therefore, like other processes of institutional change, its adoption is not the simple outcome of smooth processes of learning and acceptance of more rational and efficient practices. Rather, it is the result of political conflicts among state actors seeking to improve their positions in the political–economic field. On the basis of a detailed study of the political conflicts that emerged around the adoption of inflation targeting in Israel between the central bank and the Ministry of Finance, we illustrate the contested character of the institutionalization of the neo-liberal policy paradigm and highlight the actions of local political actors as a major mechanism through which worldwide diffusion of institutional practices takes place.

Keywords: institutional change; neo-liberalism; political economy; E42 monetary systems; standards; regimes; government and the monetary system; E58 central banks and their policies; P16 political economy

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Subjects: Moral Philosophy ; Corporate Social Responsibility ; Welfare Economics ; Political Economy ; Economic Sociology

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