Par Ivan Samson, Patrick Ternaux
The aim of this paper is to draw up a methodological framework for analysing the dynamics of change in post-communist transition. The paper presents a new approach to innovatory institutions and to the specific features of Russia regarding the intermediate level of institutionalisation represented by labour markets. The tool provided by institutional trajectories permits some understanding of the debate between socially accepted norms coming from the past and the set of formal rules required for a prosperous future. “Too soft” or “too hard” behaviour by employers is both the consequence of the distance existing between required rules and effective rules influenced by societal norms, or between required rules and accepted norms. This expresses the difficulty of, and the need for building a new market salary relationship in Russia.
JEL: A14, J2, J61, J63, J64, J65, P23, P36, P37, R23