Security networks: Applying the normative practice approach to nodal governance theory

R. van Steden, R.J. van Putten, J. Hoogland

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Studies into organizational networks and governance tend to analyze professional behavior through the lens of rational (self)interest, resources, conflict, and power relations. However legitimate, this viewpoint overlooks the normative dimensions of networks. Therefore, in studying nodal security governance, the authors introduce the concept of “social practice,” which highlights the intrinsic normativity of what networked actors do. Social practices, they argue, deepen the theory of nodal governance by focusing more precise attention on the mentalities and value-laden characteristics of actors in highly complex settings. Drawing on this insight, the chapter presents a theoretical framework for analyzing social practices in nodal security governance, after which an empirical example concretizes our rather abstract line of reasoning.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Normative Nature of Social Practices and Ethics in Professional Environments
EditorsMarc J. de Vries, Henk Jochemsen
PublisherIGI Global Publishing
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781522580072
ISBN (Print)9781522580065
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2019


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