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dc.contributor.advisorEaton, Peter Jamesen
dc.contributor.authorLenk, Franklin A.
dc.date.issued2015
dc.descriptionTitle from PDF of title page, viewed on March 21, 2016en
dc.descriptionDissertation advisor: Peter Eatonen
dc.descriptionVitaen
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references (pages 156-165)en
dc.descriptionThesis (Ph.D.)--School of Economics and Social Science Consortium. University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2015en
dc.description.abstractThis dissertation seeks to make progress toward a theory of minority-directed institutional change. It begins with a review of research on urban sociology and how, despite tremendous technological and legal change, the fact of institutional racism remains. It then reviews relevant portions of Original Institutional Economics (OIE) thought describing the relationship between individuals and institutions, ending with an OIE theory of institutional change. It then shows how a theory of human psychology, Perceptual Control Theory (PCT) is largely analogous to OIE while also helping to clarify and update some portions of it. Extending PCT into the social realm and combining it with some insights from both neuroscience and network science enables the development of a more complete understanding of institution formation. This helps explain why institutional change is so difficult, why efforts to change institutions must focus on changing social perceptions, and how a powerless minority might more successfully do just that. Though the case studied here is institutional racism, all purposeful social change inevitably begins with those whose opinion is initially in the minority. Therefore, a successful theory of minority-directed institutional change could be applied to a wide variety of other issues, including global climate change and appropriate policy-setting for modern monetary economies, where those recommending potential solutions are actively opposed by entrenched and powerful interests.eng
dc.description.tableofcontentsIntroduction -- Review of literature -- Integrating PCT with OIE -- Toward a control theory of minority-directed institutional change -- Summary, conclusion and future researchen
dc.format.extentxiv, 169 pagesen
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10355/48337
dc.subject.lcshRace discrimination -- United Statesen
dc.subject.lcshSocial perception -- United Statesen
dc.subject.lcshOrganizational change -- United Statesen
dc.subject.lcshPerceptual control theoryen
dc.subject.otherDissertation -- University of Missouri--Kansas City -- Economicsen
dc.titleInstitution: The Control of Social Perception—Toward a Theory of Minority-Directed Institutional Changeeng
dc.typeThesiseng
thesis.degree.disciplineEconomics (UMKC)en
thesis.degree.disciplineSocial Sciences (UMKC)en
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Missouri--Kansas Cityen
thesis.degree.levelDoctoralen
thesis.degree.namePh.D.en


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