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PartnershipsMachines of possibility$
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Niels Akerstrom Andersen

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781847420268

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847420268.001.0001

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Partnerships as second-order organisations

Partnerships as second-order organisations

(p.127) Eight Partnerships as second-order organisations

Niels Åkerstrøm Andersen

Policy Press

This chapter explores the relation between contract and organisation associated with partnerships, putting important constitutive conditions at stake. As it is, second-order contracts seem to be able to simultaneously function as a contract and as an organisation. An organisation represents a system for decision making. A contract represents a relation of exchange. Relatively few second-order contracts define an independent management for the partnership with an accompanying organisation, which is to continually pursue the purpose of the second-order contract about the definition of new contractual relations. Thus, second-order contracts represent a rather peculiar figure in relation to the distinction between organisation and contract. This chapter also discusses the benefits of partnerships and the function of such paradoxical hybrids.

Keywords:   partnership, contract, organisation, second-order contracts, contractual relations

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