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Health Promotion and the Policy Process$
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Carole Clavier and Evelyne de Leeuw

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199658039

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199658039.001.0001

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Actor–network theory: the governance of intersectoral initiatives

Actor–network theory: the governance of intersectoral initiatives

(p.82) Chapter 5 Actor–network theory: the governance of intersectoral initiatives
Health Promotion and the Policy Process

Louise Potvin

Carole Clavier

Oxford University Press

Local, community-based action on the determinants of health that aims to reduce social health inequalities requires coordinated actions, mainly in the form of programmes that bring together actors from diverse spheres and with diverse interests. This chapter discusses the contribution and limits of the Actor-Network Theory to understand such issues of participation, partnership and intersectoral cooperation in health promotion research and practice. It draws on a broad range of collaborative research projects that have applied the Actor-Network Theory. Overall, this chapter develops four principles to conceptualize how intersectoral programmes work, and to conceptualize their governance. It shows how we translated this conceptualization into research practices, giving examples of the research methods and tools that we designed, based on the Actor-Network Theory, for actors involved in partnership situations. We then consider the utility and limitations of the theory for promoting reflection on such interventions.

Keywords:   actor-network theory, partnership research, intersectoral cooperation, translation, boundary spanning, canada

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