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Markets, Hierarchies and Networks

The Coordination of Social Life


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This considers the central questions of the co-ordination of social, economic and political life. Traditionally, the organization of social life has been studied in comparative isolation, from specific disciplinary bases. "Markets, Hierarchies and Networks" draws on a cross-disciplinary range of material to offer an introduction to understanding how societies, politics and economies work. It examines three quite different models of social co-ordination: markets, hierarchies and networks. Drawing on a wide range of sources, it illustrates the characteristics of each of these models - how they work, what are their strengths, and what are their likely limitations. The three are placed in a comparative framework which offers a comprehensive overview of the mechanisms of co-ordination at work in different social contexts. Bringing together for the first time a series of key texts in the understanding of social co-ordination, this book should be of interest to students of interdisciplinary social science, and students of sociology, economics, geography, politics and related social sciences.

Author Biography

Grahame Thompson is Professor of Political Economy at The Open University CONTRIBUTORS ARE ALL AT THE OPEN UNIVERSITY EXCEPT: Susan Baker Cardiff University Chris Dent University of Lincoln and Humberside John Grahl University of North London Valerio Lintner London Guildhall University Mike Moran University of Manchester
Release date NZ
November 14th, 1991
Edited by Grahame F. Thompson Edited by Jennifer Frances Edited by Jeremy Mitchell Edited by Rosalind Levacic
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
SAGE Publications Ltd
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