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Mary P. FollettCreating Democracy, Transforming Management$
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Joan C. Tonn

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780300096217

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300096217.001.0001

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(p.1) 1 Introduction
Mary P. Follett

Joan C. Tonn

Yale University Press

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.

Keywords:   democracy, social organization, Mary P. Follett, leadership, management, public administration, political power, Creative Experience, social work, sociology

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