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The Shaping of Social Organization
Social Rule System Theory with Applications



© 1987 | 448 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
One of the Finalists for the 1987 European Prize for the Best Book in Sociology and Social Science The Shaping of Social Organizations introduces a new theory--social rule system theory--and applies it to the analysis of major institutions of modern social life. The book presents social rule system theory as a framework with which to investigate these institutions. It clarifies the principles behind their formation, maintenance, and transformation. The book draws on a wide range of case studies: from artificial insemination to energy forecasting and administration. It provides insights into wage negotiation systems, the emergence of informal rule systems, and the multiple sources of social and structural incoherence in modern societies. It advances a distinctive approach to the study of actor-structure dynamics, placing itself in a scholarly tradition developed by major thinkers such as Weber, Giddens, and Harrq. "A book of extraordinary scope. It provides a unified theory of human activities, including not only politics and economics, but also 'science, art or everyday life'. . . . The applications are complex and rich and fit neatly into theory." --American Journal of Sociology "A book of extraordinary scope." --Amitai Etzoni, George Washington University "Changes our concepts and ways of thinking about social action." --Organizational Studies "An original contribution to the theory of social organization." --International Review of Sociology "Valuable reading for theorists, empirical researchers, and all interested in the working of contemporary societies . . . rich empirical foundations, and diverse applications." --Piotr Sztompka "Every topic . . . in this book turns into sociological gold." --Hans Zetterberg "Burns and Flam have written an important innovative work. The volume was among the finalists for the Amalfi European prize in Sociology and Social Science." --The American Sociological Association Organizations and Occupations Newsletter
PART ONE: SOCIAL RULE SYSTEM THEORY
Actors, Social Action, and Systems
 
Social Rule System Theory
 
The Organization of Social Action and Social Forms
 
Actors, Rule Systems, and Social Structure
 
Rule Systems, Organization of Society, and Social Power
 
Consensus and Conflict in Social Life
 
Grammers of Social Institutions and the Structuring of Spheres of Social Action
PART TWO: MARKETS AND COLLECTIVE BARGAINING SYSTEMS
The Structuration of Markets and Other Distributional Regimes
 
Market Organization and Performance Properties
 
Collective Bargaining Regimes and Their Transformation
PART THREE: BUREAUCRACY AND FORMAL ORGANIZATIONS
Multiple Rule Systems; Formal and Informal Social Organization
 
Local Public Administration as an Arena of Conflicting Rule Systems
 
Hydro-Power Administration in a Changing World
Industrialism, Environmentalism, and Center-Periphery Struggle in Norway  
PART FOUR: EXPERTISE, TECHNOLOGY AND SOCIAL ORGANIZATION
Technology and Technique, Social Action, and Rule Systems
 
A Modern Oracle and Politics
Studies in Energy Forecasting  
 
Science and Practical Action
The Study of Competing Logics  
 
Conclusion
Principles of Social Organization in the Structuration of Modern Western Societies  

"A book of extraordinary scope" - Amitai Etzioni

"Every topic...in this book turns into sociological gold." - Hans Zetterberg


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