Promoting Growth and Welfare in Times of Crisis
Edited by Charlie Karlsson, Charlotte Silander and Daniel Silander
Chapter 2: Political entrepreneurs as actors in governance networks: conceptualising political entrepreneurs through the actor-network approach
Chapter 2 extended the concept of political entrepreneurship by adding the sociological literature of actor–network theory to enhance the actor-oriented analysis of political entrepreneurship. This contributes to the understanding of how political entrepreneurs can be included in the analysis of policy networks and how an analysis of political entrepreneurs needs to include a network analysis. Actor–network theory extends the meanings of actors, stating that they can only be understood in relation to the network. In a similar way, the network is nothing without its actors. Furthermore, by adding an analysis of power, actor–network theory helps to highlight how actors have the power to influence the consequences of the policy processes.
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