Incomplete institutional change and the persistence of racial inequality: the contestation of institutional misalignment in South Africa

Adams, Ansellia and Luiz, John M (2022) Incomplete institutional change and the persistence of racial inequality: the contestation of institutional misalignment in South Africa. Journal of Management Studies. pp. 1-29. ISSN 0022-2380

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Abstract

This study explores the role that organizations and institutions play in reproducing inequality even after significant political transitions intended to undermine the sources of such inequality. Our analysis reveals how incomplete institutional transitions may give rise to contradictory institutional logics and how this can contribute to high levels of contestation as actors and organizations vie to maintain, disrupt, and create new institutions. We analyse the dynamics of a conflict set within a broader institutional contestation in post-apartheid South Africa by examining the farmworkers strike and unrest of 2012. We expose a complex interlocking system of exploitation and oppression at micro, meso, and macro institutional levels and highlight misalignments between de facto and de jure institutional environments. Our study shows how actors and organizations can exhibit and constrain agency legitimating the unequal access to resources and opportunities and why this can result in the persistence of inequality.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: University of Sussex Business School > Strategy and Marketing
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Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2022 08:29
Last Modified: 11 Jan 2022 09:31
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/103765

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