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Networks of power : organizational actors at the national, corporate, and community levels / ed. by Robert Perrucci, Harry R. Potter

Secondary Author Perrucci, Robert
Potter, Harry R.
Country Estados Unidos. Publication New York : Aldine de Gruyter, cop. 1989 Description VIII, 136 p. : il. ; 24 cm Series Social institutions and social change ISBN 0-202-30342-X CDU 334.7
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Large organizations, particularly corporations, possess considerable resources, and with that comes considerable power, often extending beyond a single community or nation-state. Networks among large corporations enhance that power to the point that they exert a major impact on national and multinational economies and policies, influencing decision-making to achieve their own goals. Networks of Power applies interorganizational analysis to the study of power in three main areas: national policy domains, community influence structures, and national corporate structures. The main body of the text is comprised of original research by the leading authorities in the field and covers such areas as national policy decisions in health and energy, corporate structure, innovative theoretical and methodological approaches, and a critical review of network analysis of interorganizational relations and power. Also presented is an agenda for future research.

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A collection of four papers and two commentaries (plus an introduction by the editors) from a 1986 conference, Interorganizational Relations and the Study of Power. One of the papers consists of excerpts from a book since published, Edward O. Laumann and David Knoke's The Organizational State (CH, Jul'88). Because the remaining papers and commentaries occupy fewer than 100 pages in an already slim volume, there is little room for technical treatment of the subject matter. Instead, the authors of the other principal papers--Joseph Galaskiewicz, Eugene Johnsen, Beth Mintz, and J. Allen Whitt--mainly present brief summaries and interpretations of their work. David Caputo and Arthur Stinchcombe follow with pointed critiques, the first invoking standards used by political scientists and the second explaining how studies of power could be improved by employing the "virtues of all the different network traditions combined into one." The collection could be a useful way of introducing students to this field. Upper-division undergraduates and above. R. W. Avery University of Pittsburgh

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