Figure 42 Discursive Institutionalism In summary DI presents a suitable and

Figure 42 discursive institutionalism in summary di

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Figure 4.2: Discursive Institutionalism In summary, DI presents a suitable and appropriate complementary theory that addresses the limitations of MS because it considers institutional factors as follows: Ideas: o come from sentient agents as a reaction to problems or can occur before they are associated with problems; and o can influence and change existing institutions and become new institutions. Individual actors: o are sentient (thinking and speaking) agents; Historic institutional background Substantive dimension Interactive dimension Communication: Deliberation and legitimisation of ideas in political sphere Coordination: Construction of ideas in policy sphere Sentient agents Consideration of normative and cognitive aspects of ideas and alternatives Background ideational abilities Foreground discursive abilities
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93 o have high levels of agency; o are influenced, but are not limited by and can change existing institutions; and o use discourse to negotiate institutions. Institutions influence but don’t limit actors and ideas and actors have the agency to change existing institutions thought discursive process exogenously. Change can be: o endogenous or exogenous; and o incremental or radical. While DI does not provide one clear epistemological perspective, it considers and clarifies the epistemological and theoretical assumptions underlying its elements and clearly states its position in the structure-agency debate. It is also suitable for application in a qualitative case study. As a result, DI is a suitable and compatible theory to supplement MS for the purpose of investigating the GAAP/GFS harmonisation agenda setting process. Neither MS nor DI, however, offer detailed theoretical assumptions about collective actors. Another concept needs to be consulted to complete the construct for the purpose of this research project. A consideration of collective actors is presented in section 4.4, following the literature review of the combined use of MS and DI. 4.3 COMBINED USE OF MS AND DI IN PRIOR STUDIES There are no studies to date that have used MS, DI and the concept of the epistemic community in one study. Only a few prior studies have combined the use of MS and DI (see, for example, Bakir 2009; Béland 2009; Buitelaar and De Kam 2011; Buitelaar
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94 Lagendijk and Jacob 2007). Buitelaar et al. ’s (2007) study 31 is briefly reviewed, as it offers the best example of an integrated approach of these two theories. 32 Buitelaar et al. (2007) developed a model of institutional change which reconciled the traditional di chotomy of ‘institutional evolution’ and ‘institutional design’, or, in other words, the exogenous and endogenous factors of change. The model was informed by and applied in two case studies. The first considered “attempts to anchor (that is, institutionalise) the city-province into (and therewith change) the Dutch state structure.
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