Theory of Domination: Legitimacy, Authority, Hierarchy - Theorie Der Herrschaft: LegitimitäT, AutoritäT, Hierarchie

26 Pages Posted: 27 Apr 2006

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Chris Armbruster

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Abstract

Max Weber, by 1920, had a well-defined and elaborated notion of domination but did not complete a theory of domination. While the concept of power is amorphous, organised power relations that are structured by a relation of command and obedience may be theorised as a relation of domination. Yet, throughout the 20th century, sociologists have not completed the task.

The following is a concise but systematic elaboration of a theory of domination. The text has the following headings: Preparing a theory of domination - Definition of the term domination and separation from the concept of power; Domination is a relation of command and obedience from which an organisation emerges; Domination requires recognition or, else, commands lack legitimacy; The legitimacy of domination confers authority on the commander: Continuing domination requires administration; Organisation facilitates mobilisation in collective action.

The text has been written in German so as to engage Max Weber as fully as possible.

Note: Downloadable document is in German.

Keywords: Domination, power, organisation, hierarchy, legitimacy, authority, administration, collective action

JEL Classification: B31, D70

Suggested Citation

Armbruster, Chris, Theory of Domination: Legitimacy, Authority, Hierarchy - Theorie Der Herrschaft: LegitimitäT, AutoritäT, Hierarchie. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=898469 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.898469

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