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Paper info: Actor mobilization and institutional change around a common issue:the case of fighting heart disease in Finland

Title


Actor mobilization and institutional change around a common issue:the case of fighting heart disease in Finland

Authors


Asta Salmi
Helsinki School of Economics
Finland
Asta Salmi and
Tiina Ritvala
Helsinki School of Economics
Finland
Tiina Ritvala

Place of Publication


The paper was published at the 24th IMP-conference in Uppsala, Sweden in 2008.

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Abstract


The aim of this paper is to investigate mobilization of actors around a common issue and the ensuing institutional and network changes. The issue and problem (in our case, a disease) is chosen so that it can only be resolved by collective action of different types of actors at different levels. We examine how actors may be mobilized, how institutional rules for behaviour change and how this influences different networks. Empirically, we focus on collective action needed to tackle heart disease, which is a largely overlooked global health problem. Our empirical case depicts how institutional change resulted in an emergence of a new issue-based network and furthermore, in new interaction rules and relationships reflected in industrial networks, such as between food companies and medical research institutes.