Institutional Innovations from the Standpoint of Artificial Intelligence Studies.
The project involved comparative study of the institutional developments in Northern European states on the eve and in the early stages of modernity and the social and political processes in present-day Russia with a view to identifying the “minimal configuration” of institutions required to secure stable flow of social innovations and sustainable development. Methods of artificial intelligence studies were applied to analyse this institutional network as the modern society’s “institutionalised mind”. The project, headed by V. Sergeyev, was endorsed by the Russian Fund for Basic Research and carried out in 1995-97 at the Centre for Analysis of Scientific and Industrial Policies, the Russian Academy of Sciences. The findings were presented at (72) the International Conference on “The Peace of Westphalia: International Relations 350 Years Later” (Moscow, 24-25 June 1998) and published as Chapters 1-3 of (54) Russian Politics in Transition: Institutional Conflict in a Nascent Democracy, Aldershot et al.: Ashgate Publishing, 1997), in Polis (Politicheskie issledovaniya), 1998, No. 2, (13) Obshchestvennye nauki i sovremennost’, 1998, No. 4.