Sources of National Institutional Competitiveness: Sensemaking in Institutional Change

Hardcover | February 10, 2015

EditorSusana Borras, Leonard Seabrooke

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How do countries create and replicate socio-economic success? This book argues that success comes from how people make sense of their institutions when they are placed under stress. When institutional frameworks are challenged, a range of agents engaged in sensemaking processes that invokecertain identities on "who we are", contain normative claims about "how things should be", and involve strategies on "how to get there". Sensemaking about the future and the past is crucial to institutional competitiveness and includes prospective and retrospective points of departure, as well asfocusing on developing abstract causes of change or replicating success from previous experience. This book brings together a range of world-class scholars from Comparative Political Economy, Institutional Theory, and Organizational Sociology to discuss how sensemaking processes create institutional change. The contributors investigate a range of cases that cover different institutions linked tocompetitiveness, including labour, public management, think tanks, firms, innovation policies, tax and housing policies, and welfare systems. With a strong focus on the Nordic experience and comparisons with advanced industrialized economies, this volume provides an innovative and original frameworkfor understanding institutional change.

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How do countries create and replicate socio-economic success? This book argues that success comes from how people make sense of their institutions when they are placed under stress. When institutional frameworks are challenged, a range of agents engaged in sensemaking processes that invokecertain identities on "who we are", contain nor...

Susana Borras is Professor in Governance and Innovation and the Head of the Department of Business and Politics at the Copenhagen Business School. Leonard Seabrooke is Professor in International Political Economy in the Department of Business and Politics at the Copenhagen Business School, and the Department of Politics and Internatio...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:208 pagesPublished:February 10, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019967874X

ISBN - 13:9780199678747

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1. Susana Borras and Leonard Seabrooke: Introduction: Sources of National Institutional Competitiveness. Sense-Making in Institutional Change2. John L. Campbell and Ove Kaj Pedersen: Making Sense of Economic Uncertainty: Knowledge Regimes in the United States and Denmark3. Peer Hull Kristensen: Productive Enterprise In Search Of A Regime - Moving Sensemaking from Past Phantom Communities to "Ends In Sight"4. Susana Borras: Reforms of National Innovation Policies in Europe: Coordinating Sensemaking across Countries5. Carsten Greve: Sensemaking in Public Management Reform in Denmark6. Soren Kaj Andersen: Making Sense of Change and No Change in Employment Policies7. Leonard Seabrooke: Making Sense of Generational Change and Institutional Competitiveness8. Robert Boyer: How has Institutional Competitiveness Emerged out of the Complementarity between Nordic Welfare and Innovation Systems?9. Susana Borras, Leonard Seabrooke, and Vivien Schmidt: Conclusions: Sensemaking and Institutional Change in Comparative Capitalisms