Calculability as politics in the construction of markets: the case of socially responsible investment in France

Giamporcaro, S. ORCID: 0000-0002-1150-4939 and Gond, J.-P., 2016. Calculability as politics in the construction of markets: the case of socially responsible investment in France. Organization Studies, 37 (4), pp. 465-495. ISSN 0170-8406

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Abstract

This paper examines some of the processes by which power constitutes calculability and, in so doing, shapes the construction of markets. We combine insights from performativity studies about calculability with Lukes’ ‘radical view of power’ to investigate how multiple facets of power are mobilized to influence the creation and activities of calculative agencies in the process of market construction. An in-depth longitudinal study of the French socially responsible investment market shows how organizations acting as calculative agencies become sites of power through calculability. We identify how power is exercised over, through and against these calculative agencies by a variety of actors in order to build their position in the socially responsible investment market. Our results complement the broader question of the ‘government of economic life’ by showing how micro-level power games interact with the macro-politics of market building through calculative agencies. In so doing, our paper sheds light on neglected aspects of the changing geopolitics of calculative power in market construction and suggests approaching ‘calculability as politics’ when studying the construction of markets.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Organization Studies
Creators: Giamporcaro, S. and Gond, J.-P.
Publisher: Sage
Date: 1 April 2016
Volume: 37
Number: 4
ISSN: 0170-8406
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NumberType
10.1177/0170840615604498DOI
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Depositing User: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 23 Jan 2017 16:09
Last Modified: 02 Aug 2018 13:37
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/29941

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