The Performance of Social Systems

Perspectives and Problems

  • Francisco Parra-Luna

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Introduction

    1. Francisco Parra-Luna
      Pages 1-12
  3. A World of Values

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Martin L. W. Hall
      Pages 15-24
    3. Francisco Parra-Luna
      Pages 37-57
  4. Some Models for Defining Social Performance

  5. Operational Approaches to the Concept of Social Performance

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 393-397

About this book


It can be said that the concept of performance of social systems is one of the most relevant, since all social systems - from the family, through the enterprise, to the Nation state - are only interesting in obtaining as high a performance as possible. The difficulties encountered when dealing with the concept of performance have been recognized and few books until now ventured to tackle the task, mainly because of the following three big problems: the lack of a theoretical-operational model; the lack of valid data; and the lack of computer facilities. Today these obstacles have been overcome and this is the first book based on different systemic perspectives (value theory, modelling, observation and quantification) which offers the possibility of defining and working out the concept.
The book should be of great interest to sociologists, political scientists, economists, organizational theorists, managers and politicians.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Francisco Parra-Luna
    • 1
  1. 1.University of MadridMadridSpain

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2000
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4613-6908-0
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4615-4251-3
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