The Three Paradigms of Social Organization

  • Theodore PapailiasEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Springer Proceedings in Business and Economics book series (SPBE)


The purpose of this paper, which is part of a more general research, is to investigate the determinant factors that often influence or control the changes in the organization of society.

The “paradigms” of social structure are three: nomadic life, city-state and state-empire. All of them co-existed and were dominant in the greatest part of world history. The development of social systems moves reciprocally between these three paradigms. In this framework, it is possible for the political regime, in each paradigm, to vary. However, the trend towards the “whole” (globalized society) seems to be something “natural”.

The method employed is based on the analysis of historical development, while it attempts to estimate the trends.


Paradigm Society structure City-state Nomads Empire Globalization 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of West AtticaAigaleoGreece

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