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Coercive Power in Social Exchange - Studies in Rationality and Social Change (Paperback)
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Coercive Power in Social Exchange - Studies in Rationality and Social Change (Paperback)

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Paperback 332 Pages / Published: 28/01/1997
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This book describes the progression and results of a decade-long program of experimental research on power in social exchange relations. Exchange theorists have traditionally excluded punishment and coercion from the scope of their analyses; but Molm examines whether exchange theory can be expanded to include reward and coercive power. Working within the framework of Emerson's power-dependence theory, but also drawing on the decision theory concepts of strategic action and loss aversion, Molm develops and tests a theory that emphasizes the interdependence of reward and coercive power. Her work shows that they are fundamentally different, not only in their effects on behavior, but also in the structural incentive to use power and the risks of power use. When exchanges are negotiated and secured by the 'shadow of the future,' rather than by binding agreements, dependence both encourages and constrains the use of coercion.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521574617
Number of pages: 332
Weight: 420 g
Dimensions: 228 x 152 x 23 mm


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"The book represents a model of...disciplined theory construction." Karen S. Cook, American Journal of Sociology
"This fine book offers us strong science and particularly useful knowledge....it will be valuable for graduate students. It should be required reading for anyone interested in social exchange or power." Cecilia L. Ridgeway, Contemporary Sociology

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