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The Meta-Power Paradigm

Impacts and Transformations of Agents, Institutions, and Social Systems-- Capitalism, State, and Democracy in a Global Context

Edited By Tom R. Burns and Peter M. Hall

This work presents, elaborates, and illustrates what is arguably the most important concept in the social sciences: power. It focuses particularly on a major class of power phenomena, meta-power, that is, power over power, transformative and structuring power. This encompasses powers to establish, reform, and transform social systems (institutions, power hierarchies, cultural formations, and socio-technical and infrastructural systems). Understanding meta-power is essential to the effective analysis of the formation of societal structures, their dynamics and evolution. This collection presents numerous illustrations and case studies at local, meso, and macro levels, showing how meta-powering is mobilized and operates in different contexts. The book should be of particular interest to business and management researchers, anthropologists, historians, legal scholars, political scientists, and, of course, sociologists.


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: Tom R. Burns: Professor Emeritus at Uppsala University (Sweden), Visiting Schol- ar, Woods Institute, Stanford University, and Senior Researcher Associate at the Lisbon University Institute (ISCTE), Portugal Peter Hall: Affiliate Professor of Sociology at Colorado State University, Colorado, and Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of Missouri, USA Thomas Baumgartner: Consultant, Zurich, Switzerland Ulrich Beck: Professor of Sociology, University of Munich, Germany Philippe DeVille: Professor Emeritus, Institut de Recherches Economiques et Sociales, Université de Louvain, Belgium Anne Marie Kalliokoski: Department of Sociology, Uppsala University, Sweden Stephen D. Krasner: Professor of International Relations, Stanford University, USA Kevin McElmurry: Assistant Professor of Sociology, Indiana University Northwest, USA Nora Machado: Senior Researcher, Lisbon University Institute (ISCTE), Portugal Patrick W. McGinty: Assistant Professor of Sociology, Western Illinois University, USA Hannes Peltonen: Senior Lecturer in International Affairs, University of Lapland, Finland Ewa Roszkowska: Professor of Economics and Management, University of Bi- alystok, Poland Dusko Sekulic: Professor of Sociology in the Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb, Croatia J. P. Singh: Professor of Global Affairs and Cultural Studies, George Mason Uni- versity, USA

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