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Title


Maneuvering for legitimacy - understanding the behaviors of an actor in entering EU's political network

Authors


Enikö Káptalan-Nagy and
Sabine Gebert Persson
Mid Sweden University
Sweden
Sabine Gebert Persson

Place of Publication


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

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Abstract


Within the IMP tradition actors are embedded in different networks of continuous interactions. Through the interactions organizations form expectations of behavior that is influenced by the role/function of the organization in the relationship. As the main responsibility of the political context is to lay down the laws and standards in a society, some of these laws and standards are directly or indirectly influencing the conduct of business activity. To access resources offered by the political arena organizations collaborate and maneuver in the political network. Even though the political embeddedness and the relationship with political actors such as governments has been acknowledged as critical for conducting business the main focus of the IMP research tradition has been on inter-firm relationships.This paper is a conceptual paper where the purpose is to further our understanding of actors' behaviors in a political network context. In the paper we illustrate our arguments with the case of a Swedish interest organization (LRF) operating within the agricultural industry both in a Swedish and an EU context. This paper contributes by addressing the interface between embeddedness in different network contexts and legitimacy.