Formal Polity and Power Distribution in American Protestant Denominations

The purpose of this paper was to determine whether differences in religious denominations' formal polity structures (i.e., congregational, presbyterian, and episcopal patterns) contribute to vertical power differentials among their structural levels. Formal polity structure was measured as authority... Ausführliche Beschreibung

1. Person: Takayama, K. Peter
Weitere Personen: Cannon, Lynn Weber verfasserin
Quelle: in The sociological quarterly : TSQ Vol. 20, No. 3 (1979), p. 321-332
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Veröffentlicht: 1979
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Zusammenfassung: The purpose of this paper was to determine whether differences in religious denominations' formal polity structures (i.e., congregational, presbyterian, and episcopal patterns) contribute to vertical power differentials among their structural levels. Formal polity structure was measured as authority of local churches to hire and fire their ministers. Data from 26 Protestant denominations suggest a relationship between formal polity and the power distribution which was operationalized as the location of the pastoral placement bureau. This relationship was obtained independent of such important variables as size, administrative specialization, and bureaucratic formalization. The findings suggest that when studying power distributions, especially in purposive organizations, constitutionally defined and normatively shaped aspects of organizational polity (i.e., formal polity structures) should be taken into account.
ISSN: 1533-8525

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