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Intervening in the inevitable: Contesting globalization in a public sector organization

Sage Publications Ltd.
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  • Hd28 Management. Industrial Management
  • Linguistics
  • Political Science


Drawing on data from a study of an Australian public broadcaster (the Australian Broadcasting Corporation), this paper demonstrates how the marketization of public sector organizations involves a 'discourse of globalization' that legitimates marketization initiatives by making them appear inevitable. This discursive dimension also becomes a site of contestation. We examine three oppositional groups that challenge the apparent inevitability of globalization through a range of discursive tactics. They are surfacing implicitly shared values, appropriating dominant themes of globalization, and recovering traditional notions of public service. The paper explores the socio-political effects of such discursive tactics as they relate to understandings of globalization 'from below'.

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