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Between Hierarchies and Markets: The Logic and Limits of Network Forms of Organization

Grahame F. Thompson


This book explores the ways in which the word ‘network’ has been deployed in literature. In particular, it offers a commentary on how the idea of networks has been used to illustrate contemporary forms of socio-economic organisation (as with the idea of a ‘network society’ or a ‘network state’), broadly conceived to also include the political aspects of networks. The term ‘network’ has become a ubiquitous metaphor to describe too many aspects of contemporary life. In doing so, the book argues, the term has lost much of its analytical precision and has no clear conceptual underpinnings. This st ... More

Keywords: networks, network state, network society, socio-economic coordination, governance, organisation, markets, logic, hierarchies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780198775270
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198775270.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Grahame F. Thompson, author
Professor of Political Economy and Head of Department of Government and Politics, Open University
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