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Introduction: political affairs in the global domain

Corporate Engagement in Politics and Governance

Christina Garsten and Adrienne Sörbom

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Marie-Laure Salles-Djelic

Marie Laure Djelic presents the role of Atlas Transnational, the mother of neo-liberal think tanks. Over the last 40 years neoliberalism has become the ‘new dominant regime of truth’ with a significant performative impact both nationally and transnationally. Of particular interest is the carrier and boundary-spanning role of the dense ecology of neoliberal think tanks and research institutes constructed during these last 40 years. These think tanks espouse a market- and business-friendly ideology and have made it their mission to champion, spread, defend and entrench, as widely and deeply as possible and in a multiplicity of contexts, this ideology and its associated politics. Djelic explores the role of Atlas, that was created to ‘litter the world’ with free-market think tanks, with a particular interest for the process through which the organizational form of the ‘neoliberal think tank’ came to be constructed, diffused, and progressively institutionalized during that period.

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Georg Krücken, Renate E. Meyer and Peter Walgenbach

In the introduction to the volume, Georg Krücken, Renate Meyer and Peter Walgenbach sketch the origins and the development of the European network of scholars interested in new institutionalism. Further, they provide an overview of the content of the volume at hand.

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Colin Jones and Gimme Walter

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Colin Jones and Gimme Walter

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Colin Jones and Gimme Walter

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Colin Jones and Gimme Walter

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Dirk Lindebaum

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Marco Berti

This chapter introduces the ‘linguistic turn’ in organizational studies, positioning discourse analysis in the broader paradigm of studies that examine the linguistic and cultural aspects of organizing. The role of language in consolidating experiences and constructing social reality is examined, together with its performative character, showing that language is not exclusively a mental abstraction but is given life by practical communicative actions. Key words: language, social construction, meaning, performative