Category Archives: Hierarchy

Systematic Inequality and Hierarchy in Faculty Hiring Networks

The faculty job market plays a fundamental role in shaping research priorities, educational outcomes, and career trajectories among scientists and institutions. However, a quantitative understanding of faculty hiring as a system is lacking. Using a simple technique to extract the … Continue reading

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Self-organization and Hierarchy in Open-source Social Networks

Complex networks emerge under different conditions including design (i.e., top-down decisions) through simple rules of growth and evolution. Such rules are typically local when dealing with biological systems and most social webs. An important deviation from such a scenario is … Continue reading

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Market, hierarchy and trust – The knowledge economy and the future of capitalism

Recent conceptualizations of trends in the structure of U.S. industry have focused on the relative importance of markets, hierarchies, and hybrid intermediate forms. This paper advances the discussion by distinguishing three ideal–typical forms of organization and their corresponding coordination mechanisms: … Continue reading

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Self-Organization and The Hierarchy of Institutions

The occupations around the world do not rely on the bureaucratic organizational schemes that Weber described, and they actively fight against the increasing expansion of Ellulian technique. The occupations are self-organizing, they are rhizomatic, and they do not rely on … Continue reading

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Tribes, Institutions, Markets, Networks – A framework about Societal Evolution

What forms account for the organization of societies?  How have people organized their societies across the ages?  The answer may be reduced to four basic forms of organization: the kinship-based tribe, as denoted by the structure of extended families, clans, … Continue reading

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Possibilities: Essays on Hierarchy, Rebellion, and Desire

In this new collection, David Graeber revisits questions raised in his popular book, Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology. Written in an unpretentious style that uses accessible and entertaining language to convey complex theoretical ideas, these twelve essays cover a lot … Continue reading

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Between Self-organization and Government – a Complexity perspective on the rise and fall of the Hierarchical State

The literature on governance that has emerged in the past 15 years indicates that the position of government in society has changed substantially. This development is most often looked at as the increased complexity of Western societies and its problems, … Continue reading

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Neither market nor hierarchy nor network – The emergence of bazaar governance

Read A growing body of literature describes the open source phenomenon in the software industry.  Drawing on transaction cost economics, we propose that open source projects illustrate a new generic governance structure — which we label bazaar governance — based … Continue reading

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Rhizome – A Theory of Power

The path to stability and sustainability in human society lies in the conscious manipulation of memetic control structures. Learning to weave cultural elements, technologies and political-economic structures to suit the individual requires a detailed understanding of our relationship with the … Continue reading

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