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Legal Ambiguity and Symbolic Structures: Organizational Mediation of Civil Rights Law
  • L. Edelman
  • Sociology
    American Journal of Sociology
  • 1 May 1992
Laws that regulate the employment relation tend to set forth broad and often ambiguous principles that give organizations wide latitude to construct the meaning of compliance in a way that responds
Legal Environments and Organizational Governance: The Expansion of Due Process in the American Workplace
  • L. Edelman
  • Sociology
    American Journal of Sociology
  • 1 May 1990
This article examines the effect of legal environments on the expansion of due process in organizational governance. Event-history analyses of personnel practices in 52 organizations show that the
The Legal Environments of Organizations
Sociology has recently witnessed a rapprochement between research on organizations and research on law. This essay reviews a number of central developments and tendencies in this emerging literature,
Diversity Rhetoric and the Managerialization of Law1
This article examines the rise of diversity rhetoric in U.S. management and how that rhetoric reframes ideas inherent in civil rights law. Quantitative and qualitative content analyses of the
The Endogeneity of Legal Regulation: Grievance Procedures as Rational Myth
Most accounts of organizations and law treat law as largely exogenous and emphasize organizations' responses to law. This study proposes a model of endogeneity among organizations, the
When Organizations Rule: Judicial Deference to Institutionalized Employment Structures1
This article offers a theoretical and empirical analysis of legal endogeneity—a powerful process through which institutionalized organizational structures influence judicial conceptions of compliance
Working Law: Courts, Corporations, and Symbolic Civil Rights
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Internal Dispute Resolution: The Transformation of Civil Rights in the Workplace
Many employers create internal procedures for the resolution of discrimination complaints. We examine internal complaint handlers' conceptions of civil rights law and the implications of those
Legal Rational Myths: The New Institutionalism and the Law and Society Tradition
Recent years have witnessed the early stages of a convergence between the sociology of law and the sociology of organizations. Contemporary sociolegal scholarship increasingly recognizes that
Legal Ambiguity and the Politics of Compliance: Affirmative Action Officers' Dilemma
Equal employment opportunity and affirmative action mandates, like many other laws regulating organizations, do not clearly define what constitutes compliance. Thus compliance depends largely on the
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