Coercive Power in Social Exchange

ISBN-10: 0521574617
ISBN-13: 9780521574617
Edition: 1997
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Book details

List price: $51.00
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 1/28/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 332
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

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.

Jon Elster is Professor of Rationalit� et sciences sociales at College de France, and Robert K. Merton Professor of Social Sciences at Columbia University. He is author of Closing the Books: Transitional Justice in Historical Perspective .

Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction and overview
Social exchange and power
Punishment and coercion
An experimental setting for studying power in exchange relations
The early research: experimental tests and theoretical puzzles
The structural determination of power use
Dependence and risk: structural constraints on strategic power use
Injustice and risk: normative constraints on strategic power use
The effects of coercion: compliance or conflict?
A theory of coercion in social exchange
Conclusions and implications
Definitions of basic concepts of social exchange
The experimental instructions for the standardized setting
Notes
References

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