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The Resource Authority and democracy : a general theory of government and management, Christopher McMahon

Authority and democracy : a general theory of government and management, Christopher McMahon

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Authority and democracy : a general theory of government and management
Title
Authority and democracy
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a general theory of government and management
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Christopher McMahon
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eng
Summary
Should the democratic exercise of authority that we take for granted in the realm of government be extended to the managerial sphere? Exploring this question, Christopher McMahon develops a theory of government and management as two components of an integrated system of social authority that is essentially political in nature. He then considers where in this structure democratic decision making is appropriate. In the first part of the book, McMahon examines the main varieties of authority: the authority of experts, authority grounded in a promise to obey, and authority justified as facilitating mutually beneficial cooperation. He also presents an account of democracy as reflexive authority, the collective exercise of authority by those subject to it, and asks what justifies democracy so understood. In the second part of the book, McMahon applies his earlier conclusions to the phenomenon of managerial authority, the authority that guides nongovernmental organizations. He argues that managerial authority is best regarded not as the authority of a principal over an agent, but rather as authority that facilitates mutually beneficial cooperation among employees with different moral aims. Viewed in this way, there is a presumption that managerial authority should be democratically exercised by employees. McMahon concludes by considering how this presumption constrains the social choice of constitutions for nongovernmental organizations
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1945-
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McMahon, Christopher
Index
index present
LC call number
HM271
LC item number
.M39 1994
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Studies in moral, political, and legal philosophy
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  • Authority
  • Democracy
  • Management
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Authority and democracy : a general theory of government and management, Christopher McMahon
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Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 293-301) and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Control code
29913830
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xiv, 307 pages
Isbn
9780691036625
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(acid-free paper)
Lccn
94001366 //r95
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
Label
Authority and democracy : a general theory of government and management, Christopher McMahon
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 293-301) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
29913830
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xiv, 307 pages
Isbn
9780691036625
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Lccn
94001366 //r95
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n

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