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The role of institutional sedimentation, regulatory ambiguity and institutional footholds in shaping alcohol governance in California and Pennsylvania

Patel-Campillo, Anouk, DeLessio-Parson, Anne and Smith, Stephen M. (2014) The role of institutional sedimentation, regulatory ambiguity and institutional footholds in shaping alcohol governance in California and Pennsylvania. Territory, Politics, Governance, 2 (2). pp. 135-149. ISSN 2162-2671

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Identification Number: 10.1080/21622671.2014.893835

Abstract

Change in the social organization of markets involves the state, economic actors, and civil society in a mutually conditioning and dynamic relation. While much is known about this relation, the processes and mechanisms used by economic actors to influence regulatory institutions to shape their economic spaces over time remain insufficiently specified. Based on a most-different case approach of wine in California and Pennsylvania across time, we explain why and how these states adopted very different regulatory frameworks for alcohol governance: a license and state control system, respectively. Our findings indicate that winemakers who created and effectively deployed ‘institutional footholds’ during periods of ‘regulatory ambiguity’ were better positioned to exert influence over regulatory outcomes. Here we define ‘institutional footholds’ as mechanisms used to create spaces of political traction within the state apparatus. A form of critical juncture, ‘regulatory ambiguity’ refers to moments of uncertainty that precede a shift in the existing norms and rules governing particular economic spaces. We find that over time, this mutually conditioning process generates what we term ‘institutional sedimentation’, where the rules governing particular economic spaces become part of more permanent institutional architectures. The results of a recent survey with Pennsylvania winemakers conducted by the authors serve to further underscore divergence in the micro-foundations of collectivities and their strategic actions.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rtep20/current
Additional Information: © 2014 Regional Studies Association
Divisions: Gender Studies
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
J Political Science > JS Local government Municipal government
Sets: Departments > Gender Institute
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2017 15:13
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2019 02:34
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/84492

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