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Markets, Hierarchies and Networks : The Coordination of Social Life - Grahame F. Thompson

Markets, Hierarchies and Networks

The Coordination of Social Life

By: Grahame F. Thompson (Editor), Jennifer Frances (Editor), Rosalind Levacic (Editor), Jeremy Mitchell (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st November 1991
ISBN: 9780803985902
Number Of Pages: 306

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This interdisciplinary reader provides a distinctive introduction to the way social, political and economic life is coordinated. It brings together three quite different models of coordination - markets, hierarchies and networks - and places them into a comparative framework, presenting a comprehensive and insightful overview of social coordination. The articles dealing with each model explore the characteristics of that coordinating mechanism, outlining key theoretical issues and drawing on various empirical examples. The final section shows how these models can be compared and contrasted. It also assesses the respective strengths, weaknesses and limitations of each model.

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`In summary, it can be recorded that this is a substantial book: substantial in a number of respects. First it has much of substance to it - it covers a lot of ground. Second, as most papers in the book are closely argued, it covers that ground in some depth - there are few opportunities for the reader to coast here! It is also substantial in that, whether because of the inherent nature of the subject matter or the way it is exposed, its sparks ideas along the way and raises many more questions than it answers. Finally, it is substantial in the way the editors touch upon issues which are central to epistemology, the sociology of knowledge, and the philosophy of science.' - Systems Practice

Introduction
Markets
Introduction
On Markets
Markets and Government
An Overview
Socialism, Planning, and the Market
Market Process versus Market Equilibrium
Markets and Managerial Hierarchies
Creating the Single European Market
Which Internal Market? The NHS White Paper and Internal Markets
Hierarchies
Introduction
In Praise of Hierarchy
Legal Authority in a Bureaucracy
Models of Bureaucracy
Survival Inside Bureaucracy
Market, Capitalism, Planning and Technocracy
New Directions for Industrial Policy in the Area of Regulatory Reform
Networks
Introduction
Network Analysis
Basic Concepts
Neither Friends nor Strangers
Informal Networks of Subcontracting in French Industry
Beyond Vertical Integration - The Rise of the Value-Adding Partnership
Policy Networks and Sub-Central Government
Taking and Giving
Working Women and Female Bonds in a Pakistani Immigrant Neighbourhood
Community, Market, State - and Associations? The Prospective Contribution of Interest Governance to Social Order
Comparison Between Models
Introduction
Markets, Bureaucracies and Clans
Interorganizational Relations in Industrial Systems
A Network Approach Compared with the Transactions-Cost Approach
Neither Market nor Hierarchy
Network Forms of Organization
Price, Authority and Trust
From Ideal Types to Plural Forms
Spontaneous ('Grown') Order and Organized ('Made') Order
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ISBN: 9780803985902
ISBN-10: 0803985908
Series: Published in Association with the Open University
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 306
Published: 1st November 1991
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.22 x 16.05  x 1.52
Weight (kg): 0.58