The analysis of institutional entrepreneurs’ social networks and relational attributes. A case study of the Centre-Left coalition in Sardinia

Author/s Clementina Casula, Sabrina Perra
Publishing Year 2010 Issue 2010/118
Language Italian Pages 16 P. 129-144 File size 829 KB
DOI 10.3280/SL2010-118009
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The concept of "institutional entrepreneurs", individual actors promoting processes of institutional innovation, has raised some scepticism, largely expressed by the paradox of "embedded agency": how can such social actors be the regulative, normative and cognitive processes structuring their experiences, defining their interests and producing their identities? The authors of this article indicate a possible way out to this paradox by analysing the system of relations to which institutional entrepreneurs belong to. Some of the results of this theoretical choice, and of its methodological implementation through the study of social networks and relational attributes using network analysis, are here illustrated starting with an empirical research on the processes of institutional innovation concerning the Centre-Left coalition that has led the regional government in Sardinia from 2004 to 2008.

Keywords: Institutional entrepreneurs, institutional innovation, relational attributes, network analysis, social membership, post-democracy

Clementina Casula, Sabrina Perra, L’analisi delle reti sociali e degli attributi relazionali degli imprenditori istituzionali. Uno studio di caso sul centrosinistra in Sardegna in "SOCIOLOGIA DEL LAVORO " 118/2010, pp 129-144, DOI: 10.3280/SL2010-118009