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The general danger of this approach is that it divides a complex system into manageable parts and thus treats it like a set of simple systems. A basic question for risk management is how to deal with things that could happen. Prerequisites for the management of risk are thus the evaluation and comprehension of the internal and external context of the organization that aspires to manage risk (International Organization for Standardization 2009, p. 10). The ISO recommends including risk management procedures specifically in an organization’s political processes, such as “policy development, business and strategic planning and review, and change management” (International Organization for Standardization 2009, p.

She aims to understand why sometimes norms originating elsewhere are adopted in domestic practices32 based on the observation that elites do not always seem to follow the same rules and norms as the rest of society (Flockhart 2006, p. 91). g. Eisenstadt 1995, p. 132) she assumes that “individuals attach high value to their social group, and that membership of a social group is important to human beings, and that groups and their individual members use the acquired norms and values to compare and evaluate themselves and those around them within a system of differently valued ‘social groups’” (Flockhart 2006, p.

Norms and rules can be deinstitutionalized. For norms and values to be significant and to retain their character as institutions, they have to be perceived as legitimate (and morally sound). Ostrom differentiates rules according to their depth and relevance for a given structure (see Figure 1). Figure 1: “Linkages among rules and levels of analysis” Rules: Constitutional Collective Operational Levels of analysis: Constitutional choice Collective choice Operational choice Processes: Formulation Governance Adjudication Modification Policy-making Management Adjudication Appropriation Provision Monitoring Enforcement (Ostrom 1990, p.

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