Mirrors of the Economy: National Accounts and International Norms in Russia and Beyond

Mirrors of the Economy: National Accounts and International Norms in Russia and Beyond

by Yoshiko M. Herrera


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As international institutions multiply and more governments sign on to standardized ways of organizing economies and societies, resistance to globalization persists. In Mirrors of the Economy, Yoshiko M. Herrera explores the variance in implementation of international institutions through an examination of the international System of National Accounts (SNA), and, in particular, the success of post-Soviet Russia and other formerly communist countries in implementing the SNA. The SNA is the basis for all national economic indicators, including Gross Domestic Product, and is therefore a critical institution for economic policy and development. Herrera tests existing theories of implementation of international institutions and proposes a novel theoretical concept, "conditional norms," to suggest that the conditions attached to norms may result in institutional change. On the basis of content analysis of statistical publications and more than seventy-five interviews throughout Russia—particularly in Moscow—and in Washington she forms a clear picture of the implementation of SNA in Russia in the early 1990s. In Soviet times a stable conditional norm delineated the appropriateness of statistical institutions based on the structure of the economy. The transformation of the economic system triggered a shift in support among Russian and Eastern European statisticians in favor of the SNA. Herrera's argument increases our understanding of the role of norms, structural conditions, and professional communities in institutional implementation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801445859
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publication date: 11/12/2010
Series: Cornell Studies in Political Economy Series
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.87(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Yoshiko M. Herrera is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She is the author of and coeditor of

Table of Contents

Introduction1. A System of National Accounts: The Postcommunist Transformation of Russian Statistics
2. Accounting for Implementation: A Theory of Conditional Norms
3. Accidental Hegemony: How the System of National Accounts Became an International Norm
4. Efficiency, Resources, and Capacity in the Implementation of the SNA
5. Cui bono?: Politicians, Statisticians, and International Organizations in Russian Implementation of the SNA
6. Professionals in the Service of the State: The Organizational Identity of Russian Statisticians
7. Statistics as a Mirror of the Economy: The SNA as a Conditional NormConclusionAppendix:SNA Milestone Assessment Guide

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