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Dana M. Williams

8 Radical isomorphism and the anti-authoritarian diffusion of leaderless organizations Once you begin to look at human society from an anarchist point of view you discover that the alternatives are already there, in the interstices of the dominant power structure. If you want to build a free society, the parts are all at hand. (Colin Ward) Nothing better than a good idea Anarchists are commonly depicted as selfish iconoclasts who could not cooperate with others even if their lives depended on it. Owing to this perception, the idea of an anarchist movement, which

in Black flags and social movements
The Law and Politics of Responding to Attacks against Aid Workers
Julia Brooks
Rob Grace

‘Joint Policy of Operation’ and the ‘Principles and Protocols of Humanitarian Operation’ in Liberia Humanitarian Policy Group London . Beerli , M. J. ( 2018 ), ‘ Saving the Saviors: Security Practices and Professional Struggles in the Humanitarian Space ’, International Political Sociology , 12 : 1 , 70 – 87 . Boxenbaum , E. and Jonsson , S. ( 2017 ), ‘ Isomorphism, Diffusion And Decoupling ’, in Greenwood , R. , Oliver , C. , Lawrence , T. B. , and Meyer , R. E. (eds), The SAGE Handbook of Organizational Institutionalism , 2nd edition

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
A sociological analysis of movement anarchism

The black flag means negation, anger, outrage, mourning, beauty, hope, and the fostering and sheltering of new forms of human life and relationship on and with the earth. This book aims to destroy many of the assumptions and stereotypes about anarchism, anarchists, and anarchist movements. It introduces Mario Diani's definition of a social movement: networks of individuals and organizations, united by some shared identity, that engage in extra-institutional action with the interest of changing society. Social movements must be composed of individuals. The book provides new insights into individual participants in anarchist movements by investigating what the micro-level characteristics of contemporary anarchists are, and how these characteristics differ from those of anarchists in past movements. The anarchist movement can be interrogated from many vantage points (especially macro- and meso-analyses), in both longitudinal and cross-sectional contexts. The book explores the usefulness (or lack thereof) of social movement theories for understanding anarchist movements. It challenges the assumption that the state is a strategic location of opportunity from the perspective of radical, anti-state movements. The essential dimensions of "new social movement" (NSM) theories are discussed, with highlights on the differences between the contemporary anarchist movement and other NSMs. The book also explores ideas from major social capital theorists, and considers the value of social capital. Whereas most sociological research on anti-authoritarian diffusion and isomorphism has focused on mainstream organizations or reformist social movements, anarchist movements pose a particular challenge to the earlier findings focused on the non-anarchists.

Adam Hedgecoe

The relationship between academic bioethics and ethics review is one place where there are clear differences between the US and the UK, yet discussions in this area often tend to treat all ethics review bodies (or, more usually, the problems they raise for researchers) as homogeneous, an approach I have, elsewhere, labelled presumed or pseudo-isomorphism. 17 The key point is that, just because, on the surface, IRBs (in the US) and RECs (in the UK) look alike in how they are set up and what they do, does not mean they are doing the same thing. Pseudo-isomorphism

in Trust in the system
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Alex Balch

understanding of labour migration policy. A preliminary point here is that the comparison of two EU Member States highlights the value of comparative research on labour migration policy. The evidence here supports the proposition that labour-importing countries are coming to resemble one another in important ways (Cornelius and Tsuda 2004: 15). The next step should be to incorporate a larger number of case studies in order to better understand the extent of isomorphism in this area, and explore the potential causal factors for convergence. Second, the observation that the

in Managing labour migration in Europe
Niilo Kauppi

counter-coup d'état: institutional isomorphism and the constitutional reform of 2000 If in France constitutional reform led to a shortening of the president's term in office, in Finland constitutional reform had more far-reaching effects. The pressures of European integration on national decision-making structures led to 82 Democracy, social resources and political power in the European Union significant constitutional transformations in Finland (Jyränki 2000; Uimonen 2001), which was until then the only other semi-presidential political system in the European Union

in Democracy, social resources and political power in the European Union
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Heike Wieters

stimulated processes of “organizational isomorphism,” as the agencies shared certain managerial techniques or adapted successful strategies from other NGOs in the same field. Any study on CARE would therefore be incomplete without taking its institutional embeddedness into account. 12 There were, however, special conditions that applied to CARE in particular, thus offering the agency additional opportunities

in The NGO CARE and food aid From America, 1945–80
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Leslie Huckfield

most contributions have failed to provide a critique of these developments ( Rochester 2013 , 126). This has paved the way for “welfare pluralism” in the UK. “‘Welfare pluralism’ could replace ‘welfare statism’ as a central plan of social policy” ( Rochester 2013 , 46). Rochester calls in evidence DiMaggio and Powell’s institutional isomorphism ( DiMaggio and Powell

in How Blair killed the co-ops
Leslie Huckfield

from the classical economics approach to a more institutional setting for social enterprise have also been influenced by DiMaggio and Powell on institutional isomorphism ( DiMaggio and Powell 1983 ). Suchman describes the role of academics as policy entrepreneurs, with universities as “important centres for the development of organisational norms among professional managers and their staff

in How Blair killed the co-ops
Jonathan Benthall

relative independence from both the market and the state and from their deep cultural roots. There are attractions in the application of the idea of isomorphism to NGOs: ‘a constraining process that forces one unit in a population to resemble other units that face the same set of environmental constraints’ (Tvedt et al. 2006 ). This might be regarded as an example of Hotelling’s law

in Islamic charities and Islamic humanism in troubled times