Mary P. Follett (1868–1933), a preeminent thinker about democracy and social organization, is known for her original, penetrating analyses of leadership, power and authority, conflict, and group behavior. Her ideas have always been well known in the fields of management and public administration, but are now finding significance in other academic disciplines ranging from social work to psychology, sociology, mediation and dispute resolution, and political theory. Her first book, The Speaker of the House of Representatives (1896), was a groundbreaking, controversial analysis of political power. In The New State: Group Organization, the Solution for Popular Government (1918), she explains how democracy as “a genuine union of true individuals” can be attained. She published her last book, Creative Experience, in 1924.
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