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Volume 7, 1995

Strukturelle Evoultion

Michael Schmid
Pages 200-210
DOI: 10.5840/protosociology1995717

Soziologische Evolutionstheorien

It is argued that sociological evolutionary theory can be regarded as a revised and extended version of classical evolutionism which explains not only structural differentiation but any form of macro-social dynamics. This explanatory programme finds its micro-foundation in an theory of individual and social action which allows for the identification of typical social dilemmata which in turn serve as a selectors for reproducible institutional arrangements. At the same time modern evolutionary dynamics unites quite different social- scientific disciplines into a coherent theoretical frame.

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