Organization Theory and Transnational Social Movements : Organizational Life and Internal Dynamics of Power Exercise within the Alternative Globalization Movement
This book explores the internal functioning and exercise of power inside a widely acclaimed transnational social organization: the alternative globalization movement. Drawing on new empirical data and perspectives from the Organizational Theory (OT), it highlights the movements' many unique features that are yet to be fully grasped within theoretical debates: ideological flexibility, emphasis on networking, informal structure and refusal to accept order from political parties. The book asserts that organizational power is a real issue not only within economic enterprises or formal political and labour organizations but also within informal transnational networks and coalition groups seeking to vehicle utopian projects.
- Hardback | 178 pages
- 157.48 x 231.14 x 20.32mm | 408.23g
- 15 Apr 2011
- Lexington Books
- Lanham, MD, United States
Table of contents
Part 1 Part I: General Introduction Chapter 2 Chapter 1: The Setting Part 3 Part II: Four Transnational Campaigns in Four National Contexts Chapter 4 Chapter 2: Transnational Campaigns and National Linkages Chapter 5 Chapter 3: International Influence and Dependence Part 6 Part III: World Social Forum Chapter 7 Chapter 4: Basic Values and Organizational Configuration Chapter 8 Chapter 5: Organizational and Mobilization Constraints Part 9 Part IV: Syntheses and Conclusions Chapter 10 Chapter 6: Mechanisms and Exercise of Power Chapter 11 Chapter 7: Conclusions
At the beginning of the twentieth century much hope for the future was vested in the labour movement, whose centralised and bureaucratic power relations were analysed by Robert Michels. Today, hope has been transferred largely to the alternative globalization movement as a form of social action seemingly far less centralist and power-driven than union bureaucracy and more attuned to the pressing issues of our times. However, all forms of social relations are characterised by power relations and this broad-based social movement is no exception. While it opposes centralised and hierarchical power relations it is not itself power-less. it's organization is certainly less formal, more emergent, but, much as Michels might have predicted, it has developed a permanent leadership with the capacity to creating procedures and other astute mechanisms so as to ensure, among other things, its own continued grip to power, whilst at the same time, veiling the mechanism with which this is accomplished. This book is a worthy addition to the social movements and organizations literature providing a sophisticated power-oriented analysis. -- Stewart Clegg, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia This book is a must read for scholars as well as social movement players in search of a fresh and pertinent perspective in comprehending organizational theory and power relations in understanding the 'alternative globalization movement'. The value-oriented approach to organizational theory analysis which Ghimire applies to his case studies is an excellent contribution in transnational social movements theory and practice. -- Teresa S. Encarnacion Tadem, University of the Philippines, Diliman
About Kleber Bertrand Ghimire
Kleber Bertrand Ghimire is department head of social sciences at Stendhal University, Grenoble 3.