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The regular seminar will take place on 26 of February at 6 p.m. (Moscow time zone) where the manuscript by Anton Onishchenko “Ideational institutionalism: an explanation of institutional transformations during a crisis” will be discussed.

Abstract: the role of agents’ attitudes in defining the direction of institutional transformations often underestimated. This factor is especially relevant during a crisis when the influence of other influential factors might reduce. Such traditional institutional approaches as historical institutionalism and rational choice are not always helpful in estimating agents’ ideas that might influence institutional transformations. Ideational institutionalism enables one to focus on these ideas, scrutinize their influence on emerging institutions, and track the impact of ideas of various agents on each other. This article traces the main characteristics of the ideational approach and its implication taking the example of institutional changes in the Republic of Belarus since 1990th.