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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

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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7 T A B L E O F C O N T E N T S Preface ................................................................................................................................ 9 Part I: Selected Classic Studies of Meta-power 1. Conceptualizing Power and Meta-power: Causalities, Mechanisms, and Constructions ............................................................................................................. 21 Tom R. Burns (with Peter M. Hall and Patrick W. McGinty) 2. Meta-power and Relational Control in Social Life ................................................ 83 Tom Baumgartner, Walter Buckley, and Tom R. Burns 3. Interactions and the Study of Social Organization .............................................. 107 Peter M. Hall 4. Meta-power and the Structuring of International Economic Institutions and Exchange ........................................................................................................... 129 Tom Baumgartner, Tom R. Burns, and Philippe DeVille 5. Meta-power and the Struggle over International Regimes: The Case of the Third World against Global Liberalism ................................................................ 155 Stephen D. Krasner Part II: Meta-power Paradigm Extended 6. The Exercise of Power to Transform Structures: Concepts, Principles, and Illustrations of Meta-powering ............................................................................... 177 Tom R. Burns in collaboration with Peter M. Hall 7. Meta-Power, Social Organization, and the Shaping of Social Action ............... 237 Peter M. Hall 8. The Cultural Domain: Extensions and Applications of Meta-power and Structural Power ....................................................................................................... 259 Peter M. Hall in collaboration with Tom R. Burns and Nora Machado 9. Societal Systems of Power and Meta-Power: Capitalism, State, and Democratic Arrangements ...................................................................................... 291 Tom R. Burns in collaboration with Philippe DeVille and Anne Marie Kolliokoski Part III: Agential Meta-powering (Micro-Meso-Macro Case Studies) 10. Meta-power, Staging Work, and Constructing a Religious Experience ............ 379 Kevin McElmurry and Peter M. Hall 11. The Lip Factory Conflict: Meta-Power and Game Transformation – Lessons in Conflict Development and Conflict Resolution .............................. 405 Tom...

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