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Organizations and nation-states : new perspectives on conflict and cooperation / ed. Robert L. Kahn, Mayer N. Zald

Secondary Author Kahn, Robert L.
Zald, Mayer N.
Country Estados Unidos. Publication San Francisco : Jossey-Bass, cop. 1990 Description XX, 413 p. ; 24 cm ISBN 1-55542-291-8 CDU 327
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Leading scholars in psychology, political science, organizational theory, and international relations and policy studies explore important parallels between large organizations and nation-states in three key areas: how they manage interdependence, conflict, and uncertainty.

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Kahn and Zald (University of Michigan) have compiled an informative volume that seeks to demonstrate that theory and research into organizations can inform research into the behavior of nation-states. The contributors are respected and well-known scholars from a number of fields. Although nothing in the volume provides novel theoretical or empirical results, the selections are well written and provide a solid introduction to the application of organizational theory to the study of international processes. The essays by Mares and Powell, which argue that military organizations can function to foster the development of cooperative security regimes, and by Janis, which outline his theoretical framework for policy making, are particularly useful. The editors' objective seems fairly modest. Rather than attempting to present a thoroughly developed theory of state behavior, they hope to convince the reader that organization theory has the potential to advance the study of foreign policy. One is convinced that they are correct in this modest belief, but one is also struck by how little improvement has been made in this area since some of the earlier efforts to apply organizational theory to international processes (e.g., Allison, Essence of Decision, CH, Oct'71; Janis, Victims of Groupthink, CH, Apr'78). Faculty will find this volume interesting, but it will be most useful for introducing students, both undergraduate and graduate, to an important body of scholarship. A range of topics is covered and, as a whole, the authors have done a fine job of citing the seminal works in the field so the reference lists provide a useful resource. -T. C. Morgan, Rice University

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