The dynamic of meaning construction in institutionalization process of the new social economy in South Korea

EMES Conferences Selected Papers Series, ECSP-T09-08
Thematic line: Fields of activities and country studies

As a preparatory work for qualitative comparative analysis, I tried to define principal factors which function in the institutionalization process of new social economy. In this case study on master frame changes of the new social economy movement in Korea from 1990 to nowadays, I examined the dynamics of meaning construction occurred in a multi-organizational field composed of actors of alliance system and conflict system.

By this study, I suppose three categories of factors. As factors in the alliance system, the existence of previous movement, the strategy of movement and the involvement of other social movements have played roles in shaping meaning of the movement. As factors in the conflict system, the political position of ruling party, the autonomy and competence of bureaucracy and the involvement of private enterprises have had impact on the meaning construction. In addition, structural factors which color and constrain the agency factors also have influenced on the process indirectly. In such structural factors, socio-economic factors, international modeling and diffusion and existing regimes could be included.

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