co-optation

A term devised by Philip Selznick (see TVA and the Grass Roots 1949), to refer to a political process found especially in formally democratic or committee-governed organizations and systems, as a way of managing opposition and so preserving stability and the organization. Non-elected outsiders are ‘co-opted’ by being given formal or informal power on the grounds of their élite status, specialist knowledge, or potential ability to threaten essential commitments or goals.

Dictionary of sociology. 2013.

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  • Optation — Op*ta tion, n. [L. optatio. See {Option}.] The act of optating; a wish. [Obs.] Sir T. Browne. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • optation — [ɔptasjɔ̃] n. f. ÉTYM. 1838; du rad. de optatif. ❖ ♦ Didact. Figure de réthorique qui consiste à exprimer un souhait favorable, sous forme exclamative …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • optation — (o pta sion) s. f. Terme de rhétorique. Figure qui consiste à exprimer un souhait sous forme d exclamation. ÉTYMOLOGIE    Lat. optationem, de optare, souhaiter …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • optation — op·ta·tion …   English syllables

  • optation — noun see optate …   Useful english dictionary

  • co-optation — co optation, cooptation co [ o]p*ta tion, n. [L. co[ o]ptatio.] The act of choosing; selection; choice. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] The first election and co[ o]ptation of a friend. Howell. [1913 Webster] 2. the selection of a new member (usually by a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • co-optation — index adoption (acceptance) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • co-optation — co opt ► VERB 1) appoint to membership of a committee or other body by invitation of the existing members. 2) divert to a role different from the usual or original one. 3) adopt (an idea or policy) for one s own use. DERIVATIVES co optation noun… …   English terms dictionary

  • co-optation — noun see co opt …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • co-optation — See co opt. * * * …   Universalium

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