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Deliberative Boundary Work for Sustainable Finance: Insights from a European Commission expert group

Giamporcaro, S., Gond, J-P. ORCID: 0000-0002-9331-6957 & Louche, C. (2023). Deliberative Boundary Work for Sustainable Finance: Insights from a European Commission expert group. Organization Studies, 44(12), pp. 1913-1938. doi: 10.1177/01708406231185972


To explain how multistakeholder groups organize democratic deliberations about complex sustainability issues, organizational scholars have focused on the key role of deliberative capacity, which encompasses the dimensions of inclusiveness, authenticity, and consequentiality. However, the tensions inherent to the search of these three dimensions have been overlooked. In this paper, we argue that focusing on how spaces for deliberation are designed can help one understand how to manage such tensions. We identified the boundary work practices that shape the design of deliberative spaces and generate deliberative capacity properties in a high-level expert group (HLEG) launched by the European Commission about sustainable finance regulation. Our results show how these boundary work practices help balance deliberative tensions. We advance deliberation studies by conceptualizing deliberative boundary work, explaining how deliberative capacity is spatially generated, and showing how deliberative tensions are balanced. We also contribute to boundary work theory by making explicit the deliberative nature of configuring boundary work and showing its relevancy to regulatory settings.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: © The Author(s) 2023. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License ( which permits any use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access pages (
Publisher Keywords: boundary work, deliberative boundary work, deliberative capacity, deliberative tensions, European Commission, European Union, sustainable finance
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
H Social Sciences > HG Finance
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Departments: Bayes Business School > Management
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