Magestic buildings symbolize national institutions and their high purpose. Impressive board rooms provide solumn backdrops to the decisionmaking of corporate governors. Preserving and strengthening institutions makes life more predictable. This tends to reduce the cost and risk of individual and collective action. It assures that individuals and communities focus on shared goals and objectives, the focus necessary to survival, security, and well-being of citizen and employee alike. A "failed state" or "bankrupt company" is an institution that has lost its ability to make rules and policy and to promote cooperation; it has lost its authority and no longer merits loyalty. It no longer provides the social cohesion essential to setting goals and applying power to achieve them.
POSITIVE POLITICS VALUES INSTITUTIONS
Assumption: When a community provisions an organization to set and enforce community goals and standards, the organization becomes a governing institution.
Implication: Institutions exact membership contributions.
Power Payoff: Regular contributions allow an organization to build assets and weather difficulties.
Assumption: Citizens decide which cultures, authorities, operating principles, and institutions will govern their behavior.
Implication: Control your environment by following the rules, changing the rules, or leaving the group.
Power Payoff: You decide which cultures, authorities, and institutions govern your behavior.
Assumption: Authorities lead the group to achieve community goals.
Implication: Achieving community goals requires leadership from legitimately chosen authorities.
Power Payoff: Legitimacy allows a leader to apply power efficiently and effectively, resolving disputes, marshalling cooperation, shunting disrupters aside.