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Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Business Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5462-3041
University of Alberta, Alberta School of Business.
2016 (English)In: Research in the Sociology of Organizations: How Institutions Matter / [ed] Joel Gehaman, Michael Lounsbury, Royston Greenwood, Emerald Insight , 2016, 49 & 50Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Recent empirical and theoretical developments related to the microprocesses of institutional

logics have helped to cultivate a powerful theory of agency. We build on these developments

to show how the institutional logics perspective can shed light on important questions related

to frame construction and how institutions matter. In particular, we show how the emergence

of an economic democracy frame in post-war Sweden generated different efforts to define that

frame with concrete ideas and practices linked to different logics—socialism and

neoliberalism. We show how socialists tried to define economic democracy as requiring a

radical transformation in the nature of ownership and control embedded in the innovative

financial practice of wage earner’s funds. In contradistinction, conservatives drew on

neoliberal ideas and extant mutual fund practices to construct alternative meanings and

practices related to economic democracy that enrolled citizens in Capitalism without

challenging extant Capitalist ownership structures. While mutual funds and wage earner’s

funds initially existed in a state of parabiosis—existing side by side without much

interrelationship—struggles over the meaning of economic democracy led these practices to

become competing solutions in a framing contest. Implications for the study of institutional

logics, frames and the social organization of society are discussed.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Emerald Insight , 2016, 49 & 50.
, Research in the Sociology of Organizations, ISSN 0733-558X
Keyword [en]
Institutional logic, frame, culture, politics
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Business Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-279380OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-279380DiVA: diva2:907965
Available from: 2016-03-01 Created: 2016-03-01 Last updated: 2016-03-01

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