Strategies of resistance: Reactions in response to a competing mode of governance
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Instead of focusing on ‘new’ modes of governance and their technologies, the present work argues that we should as well study what existed before on a market for governance. In this vein, the present study focuses on the pre-existing, challenged, mode of governance and on how the actors react to competition. It studies the reaction of an existing prominent mode of governance when a new form targeting the same subject- companies- and goal- improved social performance- gains territory. In the encounter with CSR and its corporate policies and reporting, the governance technology coupled with the trade unions - Global Framing Agreements- becomes the point of difference and competition. The concept of qualification (Callon, Méadel, & Rabeharisoa, 2002) is here used to conceive of the actions and steps taken by the pre-existing governance actors, the trade unions. The study finds that in a situation of recognised competition from a mode of governance where the technologies are viewed as the main difference, the pre-existing actors react by qualifying their technology and thereby provide the companies with a basis for preference. The qualifying efforts, however, as well change the technology and what the Global Framing Agreement is.
social, corporate, governance, technology, trade unions, qualification
Research subject Business Administration
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-89084OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-89084DiVA: diva2:615527