chapter  8
Towards a Political Economy of State Social Service Organization: A Critique of Leading Trends in Interorganizational Theory and Research
ByRobert G. Sheets
Pages 22

Although, at present, there seems to be no widely accepted framework for the discussion of these issues, one may discern a general movement away from the 'abstracted empiricism' (Mills, 1959) of the comparative research programs of the 1960s to new concerns for revealing domain assumptions (Gouldner, 1970), core problematics (Benson, 1977b), or paradigms (Kuhn, 1970) and the relationship between these analytic components and social commitments and political projects in the larger society. The critiques emerging from Marxist (Goldman, 1976, Heydebrand; 1977; Benson, 1977a) and 'institutional' (Clegg and Dunkerley, 1977) standpoints have combined to highlight not only the analytical limitations of the assumptions and logic of explanation of rational and functional modes in organizational sociology, but have also begun to explore the ideological character of their foundational administrative and technical concerns.