(noun) “[A] clear chain of command found in a bureaucracy” (OpenStax College 2012).
Audio Pronunciation: (hi·er·ar·chy of au·thor·i·ty)
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- Plural: hierarchy of authorities
- Also informally called pecking order.
- Giddens, Anthony. 1973. The Class Structure of the Advanced Societies. London: Hutchinson.
- Grusky, David B., and Katherine R. Weisshaar. 2014. Social Stratification: Class, Race, and Gender in Sociological Perspective. 4th ed. Boulder, CO: Westview Press.
- Kerbo, Harold Ray. 2012. Social Stratification and Inequality: Class Conflict in Historical, Comparative, and Global Perspective. 8th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill.
- Marx, Karl, and Friedrich Engels. 1848. The Communist Manifesto.
- Massey, Douglas S. 2007. Categorically Unequal: The American Stratification System. New York: Russell Sage Foundation.
OpenStax College. 2012. Formal Organizations. Connexions, June 12, 2012. (http://cnx.org/content/m42833/1.3/).