Microfoundations of Social Theory: A Response to Jepperson and Meyer

Teppo Felin, Nicolai Juul Foss, Peter Malcolm Abell

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    In this short essay we respond to Jepperson and Meyer’s (2011) critique of “action theories” and methodological individualism in sociology. We highlight fundamental problems with their argument, notably their misunderstanding of methodological individualism(s) and the belief that this explanatory principle ignores-and is somehow invalidated by-the complex, “emergent” and multi-level nature of social phenomena. We focus on the need to specify and understand 1) component actors and social complexity, 2) theory of action, aggregation, and emergence, 3) process and the context of action. We concurrently critique Jepperson and Meyer’s own (implicit but highly problematic and under-specified) theory of action.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of Publicationwww
    PublisherSSRN: Social Science Research Network
    Number of pages9
    Publication statusPublished - 3 Aug 2011


    • Micro-macro
    • Multi-level Theory
    • Scial Theory
    • Social Aggregation

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