Yes. No one is surprised when authority exists in a top-down organization. But when this first started happening on Wikipedia people acted surprised that radical openness, consensus, and cooperation could give rise to and co-exist with powerful enacted social structures.
However, the fact that these structures arise is a problem and a mystery when we think about commonsbased and cooperative production.
I have an ideological dog in the fight, but to ask anyway; how much of this is about communities not existing in structural isolation? When the people and tools ultimately have to exist in a hierarchical system of organization in the wider world, is the repeat of hierarchical structures just the path-of-least-resistance response to external pressure of any kind? It isn't particularly testable, but it is important to talk about when asking why the pattern is generalized.
@Ashrand Oh yes! I certainly think it is plausible that institutional isomorphism plays a role like that you describe. It is difficult to test or demonstrate. A clever way of testing or demonstrating it could be super interesting.
@groceryheist Every organisational form will start to exhibit hierarchies, even if they are originally based on equality. That's just how human nature works - some individuals want to control things and usually succeed in making others accept 'their lead'. That's just a fact of life.
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