First Published in 1987. This work demonstrates how experimental designs are produced through the active use of social theory. It also shows how theoretically designed experiments address broader issues in social theory, issues that can be traced back to the classical theories of Marx and Weber. Because it discusses the structure of a working theory as well as the applications, this volume encourages readers to think of social structures dynamically.
Table of Contents
INTRODUCTION 1: SCIENTIFIC AND EMPIRICIST EXPERIMENTATION 2: A CRITICAL EXAMINATION OF THREE EXPERIMENTAL DESIGNS 3: THE EXPERIMENTAL INVESTIGATION OF CENTRALIZED EXCHANGE STRUCTURES 4: STRONG AND WEAK COERCIVE STRUCTURES 5: COERCIVE EXPLOITATION AND COLLECTIVE ACTION 6: STRONG AND WEAK HIERARCHICAL EXCHANGE STRUCTURES 7: EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN AND PROBLEMS OF CONTROL 8: THE APPLICATION OF THEORY TO HISTORICAL CASES 9: CONCLUSIONS AND NEW DIRECTIONS
David Willer The University of Kanvas, USA