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Organizational dilemmas in voluntary associations.
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8754-4657
2005 (English)In: International Journal of Public Administration, ISSN 0190-0692, Vol. 28, no 9/10, 849-856 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Robert Michels stated that all democratic organizations sooner or later end up as ruled by the few. But are there certain dilemmas forcing organizations more or less easily into the oligarchic path? In the interview material from six small voluntary associations such dilemmas were identified. Dilemmas seemed to arise regarding representativeness and competence among leaders, handling of external forces, interpretation of goals, and maintaining commitment. Some of the dilemmas were implicit, some were more explicitly acknowledged. It is concluded that the “iron law of oligarchy” is avoidable, if the organization becomes aware of these dilemmas.

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2005. Vol. 28, no 9/10, 849-856 p.
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democracy, dilemmas, oligarchy, voluntary associations
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-2012DOI: 10.1081/PAD-200067373Local ID: 913OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-2012DiVA: diva2:27044
Available from: 2008-11-19 Created: 2008-11-19 Last updated: 2009-06-07Bibliographically approved

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