The Strength of a Weak State: The Rights Revolution and the Rise of Human Resources Management Divisions

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dc.contributor.author Sutton, John R.
dc.contributor.author Dobbin, Frank
dc.date.accessioned 2009-09-29T14:53:44Z
dc.date.issued 1998
dc.identifier.citation Dobbin, Frank, and John R. Sutton. 1998. The strength of a weak state: The rights revolution and the rise of human resources management divisions. American Journal of Sociology 104(2): 441-476. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0002-9602 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:3322830
dc.description.abstract Since the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, federal policy has revolutionized employment rights. Equal employment opportunity law, occupational safety and health legislation, and fringe benefits regulation were designed to create employee rights to equal protection, to health and safety, and to the benefits employers promise. In event-history analyses of data from 279 organizations, this research finds that these legal changes stimulated organizations to create personnel, antidiscrimination, safety, and benefits departments to manage compliance. Yet as institutionalization proceeded, middle managers came to disassociate these new offices from policy and to justify them in purely economic terms, as part of the new human resources management paradigm. This pattern is typical in the United States, where the Constitution symbolizes government rule of industry as illegitimate. It may help to explain the long absence of a theory of the state in organizational analysis and to explain a conundrum noted by state theorists: the federal state is administratively weak but normatively strong. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Sociology en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher University of Chicago Press en_US
dc.relation.isversionof http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/210044 en_US
dc.relation.hasversion http://www.wjh.harvard.edu/~dobbin/cv/articles/1998_AJS_sutton.pdf en_US
dc.relation.hasversion http://www.ashgate.com/default.aspx?page=637&title_id=7241&edition_id=8662&calcTitle=1&lang=cy en_US
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dc.title The Strength of a Weak State: The Rights Revolution and the Rise of Human Resources Management Divisions en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
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dc.relation.journal American Journal of Sociology en_US
dash.depositing.author Dobbin, Frank
dc.date.available 2009-09-29T14:53:44Z

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