Power, Equity and Commitment in Exchange Networks

@article{Cook1978PowerEA,
  title={Power, Equity and Commitment in Exchange Networks},
  author={Karen Cook and Richard M. Emerson},
  journal={American Sociological Review},
  year={1978},
  volume={43},
  pages={721}
}
Exchange theory has the virtue of bringing both power and equity together in a single analytic framework. However, exchange theory has focused largely upon analysis of the dyad, while power and justice are fundamentally social structural phenomena. First, we contrast economic with sociological analysis of dyadic exchange. We conclude that (a) power and equity from social exchange theory carry us beyond economic theory of dyadic exchange; yet (b)for power and equity to be studied effectively… Expand
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