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No 906: Unpacking the "institutional portfolio" theoretical elements for an analysis of institutional change through objectification of resources and habitus

Thierry Viale ()

Abstract: The "social kill" (Fligstein, 1997 and 2001) attributed to social entrepreneurs is ont sufficiently explicit as regards their dispositions for engaging in actions of change. After placing the status of change in the context of institutionalist literature, the author intend to show how, with the help of Pierre Bourdieu's theory of field and habitus, it is possible to develop what he call an institutional portfolio allowing a micro-individual analysis of the capacity of some individuals to undertake institutional transformations without losing sight of the evolution - at a macro-analytical level - of the structure of the field in which these individuals operate. In this respect, the author intend to contribute to the various attempts at overcoming the paradox of the "embedded agency" and to give a more precise account of institutional change.

Keywords: neo-institutionalism; institutional entrepreneurship; field; habitus; resources; institutional portfolio

JEL-codes: A14; L22; L26

30 pages, October 18, 2008

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