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    A network model of language policy and planning: The United Nations as a case study

    McEntee-Atalianis, Lisa (2016) A network model of language policy and planning: The United Nations as a case study. Language Problems and Language Planning 40 (2), pp. 187-217. ISSN 0272-2690.

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    This paper contributes to recent critical discussion of ‘agency’ in LPP research and practice. It argues that whilst scholars have widened their purview to consider the impact of individual actors on LPP in different contexts, the field has not developed or embraced theoretical and methodological frameworks which satisfactorily model or investigate the network of actor impact on LPP. This article analyses the current status of LPP at the United Nations (UN). Taking the ‘Actor-Stage Model’ (Zhao & Baldauf, 2012) as a theoretical point of departure, the paper discusses and analyses the most recent review of LPP within the UN. It becomes apparent that a network of agents is responsible for LPP development, influence and implementation within the organisation. This ‘web of influence’ is schematised using a network model which accounts for the implicit and explicit responsibility of multiple actors/’experts’ within and outside of the organisation. A sub-analysis of institutional LPP goals reveals the ‘polycentric’ and ‘relational’ nature of influence within and across multiple ’nodes’. It is argued that the network model and the concept of ‘web of influence’ is crucial in de- and re-constructing particular LPP goals and serves as a useful heuristic for those investigating or working within similar sites of inter/transnational integration as well as LPP in other macro, meso or micro-contexts.


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    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Applied Linguistics and Communication
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    Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2016 07:28
    Last Modified: 26 Jul 2019 15:44


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