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Norwegian sociologist/developmental psychologist Stein BrDten has been working for years on the distinction between monological and dialogical discourse, and developed the idea of "model monopoly" that appears relevant to the ideas in the text as described on the listserve.
BrDten is interested in the form of discourse and how it is embodied in the nervous system; his long journey took him from studies of small groups making collective decisions to computer models to developmental psychology. What is interesting from a network perspective is that his 1973 paper on model monopoly takes as a case illustration Norwegian economic theory, developed by a dense, closed network of Norwegian economists while they were incarcerated together during the Second World War.
As I understand the construct, a model monopoly is when a "strong model" dominates a social group, so that no other models can effectively compete, leading to a group-think situation that does not allow for creativity or adaptability.
BrDten, S. (1973). Model monopoly and communication: Systems theoretical notes on democratization. Acta Sociologica, 16, 98-107.
BrDten, S. (1992). Paradigms of autonomy: Dialogical or monological? In: G. Teubner & A. Beffragjo (Eds.), State, Law, and Economy as Autopoetic Systems. Milan: Dott. A. GiuffreEditore.
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