In the social sciences such as sociology, it has been defined more precisely.
"Dominant group" may be used at least three fundamental ways:
- identification of an economic entity,
- in association with economics in some way, or
- in reference to a specific social group.
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To help with definitions, their meanings and intents, there is the learning resource theory of definition.
Def. evidence that demonstrates that a concept is possible is called proof of concept.
The proof-of-concept structure consists of
- findings, and
The findings demonstrate a statistically systematic change from the status quo or the control group.
Def. "a social group that controls the value system and rewards in a particular society" is called a dominant group.
Def. "[a] hierarchy of values that all moral agents possess, demonstrated by their choices", per Wiktionary value system, is called a value system.
From the Wikipedia article value system, "[a] value system is a set of consistent ethic values (more specifically the personal and cultural values) and measures used for the purpose of ethical or ideological integrity."
Per the Wikipedia article reward system, "a process that reinforces behavior — something that, when offered, causes a behavior to increase in intensity" is called a psychological reward.
Def. "the ethnic group in a society that exercises power to create and maintain a pattern of economic, political, and institutional advantage, which in turn results in the unequal (disproportionately beneficial to the dominant group) distribution of resources" is called a dominant ethnic group.
"[T]he law of comparative advantage refers to the ability of a person or a country to produce a particular good or service at a lower marginal and opportunity cost.", per Wikipedia economic advantage.
Def. a group that "possesses a disproportionate share of societal resources, privileges, and power" is called a dominant group.
The term economics may refer to a variety of phenomena.
Def. "[t]he study of resource allocation, distribution and consumption; of capital and investment; and of management of the factors of production", from economics, is called economics.
From the Wikipedia article definitions of economics:
Def. a science that studies the production, consumption, and transfer of wealth is called economics.
"[S]ectors are identified as dominant firm, dominant group of firms, or fragmented sectors on the basis of 'outside' information about the sectors."
Notation: let the symbol g be a network of firms.
"The dominant group architecture, gdk , is characterized by one complete non-singleton component with k ≥ 2 firms and n − k singleton firms."
"In continental Europe, one dominant group are regional or local savings banks."
Capital and labor
"The dominant group exports capital to the minority group and the latter exports labor to the dominant group."
"In his model, the government weighs up inflation, unemployment and labour market reforms, all of which are disliked by the majority in the electorate, who are also the dominant group in the labour market."
"In Continental Europe the majority of executive managers are members of the dominant group, with ownership majority."
"Cartels may fail when members socially distant from the dominant group defect."
"The dominant group gains from discrimination, rationalizing why a majority may be reluctant to eliminate discrimination." "While discrimination is always preferable for the dominant group it may simply not be sustainable in equilibrium."
With respect to "Gains for the dominant group", "The monotone spillover effects also create an incentive to discriminate. If a certain group could choose between a symmetric equilibrium and an equilibrium where the other group is discriminated against they would always choose to discriminate the other group."
“It might well repay the students of this subject to pass in review the voluminous evidence that could be brought to prove that these ideas were held almost unquestioningly by the dominant group of economists of that period.”
"From the beginnings of political economy as a separate branch of study, two more or less conflicting conceptions of the subject have been present in the minds of men. According to one conception the aim of economics is to study prices, profits, and trade; according to the other, it is to study the relations between wealth and human welfare."
"As Friedman shifts focus away from government and its regulation of capital, he focuses the limelight on a new dominant group: investors."
"Unfavourable changes of the macroeconomic environment, which are caused not by any individual dominant group, but by big insiders taken as a social class, we call the external insider rent effect."
"What we say on macroeconomic policy (of which we know little) receives much more attention than what we say on microeconomic policy (on which we know considerable). Stigler (1982) suggests that "society" (viewed as a collection of interest groups) is not stupid; it merely accepts that part of our policy advice that is in some dominant group's interest to accept."
"If such a fringe existed and became a threat to the dominant firm then we would expect the dominant group, by predatory action, to do something about it." Dominant firm is a relative synonym for "dominant group".
"Monopolistic market structures and their consequences have for long been part of established economic analysis ... However, real-world monopolies do not always fit the textbook categories ... The matter has been brought to a head in recent years by cases initiated by antitrust authorities against allegedly monopolistic firms ... These cases have served to highlight the inadequacies of traditional monopoly analysis ... From these cases has emerged a much better understanding of dominant firms."
Def. “to exercise a dominant influence over the production, acquisition, supply or price of goods or services in that market”, from New Zealand's Commerce Act, Section 3(8), is called a dominant position in that market.
"Any abuse by one or more undertakings of a dominant position within the common market or in a substantial part of it shall be prohibited as incompatible with the common market insofar as it may affect trade between member states.", Article 86 of the Treaty of Rome.
"Dominance is a measure of market power. Being in a ‘dominant position’ is interpreted ... as having sufficient market power (economic strength) ... to behave to an appreciable extent in a discretionary manner without suffering detrimental effects in the relevant market(s). This interpretation stresses independence of behaviour, i.e., conduct that is pursued independently of the presence, actions or reactions of existing or potential competitors, purchasers or suppliers.", in Magnum Corporation Ltd./Dominion Breweries (1987).
"Many African countries attempted to undertake institutional reforms after independence. Unfortunately, a few urban elites still dominated the process; the masses were not enfranchised and provided with opportunities to participate effectively in the design of the rules. As a result, many of the institutional arrangements produced by these latter-day reform efforts were inefficient and produced Leviathan states whose redistributive powers were regularly used by the politically dominant groups to amass wealth for themselves."
"In each instance, the politically dominant group is attempting to design a constitution that will legitimize its hold on power and allow it to continue to monopolize resource allocation."
"In 1972, the ruling elites in Cameroon hurriedly put together a constitution that abolished the country's federal system and made Cameroon a one-party dictatorship." Bold added.
- "Specifically, we show that networks with the dominant group architecture, stars, and inter-linked stars are stable.",
- "In addition, networks with a large dominant group and several isolated firms are also stable.", and
- "In particular, the complete network, where every firm has a collaboration link with every other firm, and the network with a dominant group, which contains a large number of completely connected firms and several isolated firms, appear to be stable under different competitive environments."
For evaluating the effects of entry regulation on oligopolistic interaction, "[l]et there be two groups of firms, call them D (for the dominant group) and F (for the fringe)." The results from an analysis of "the effects of entry restrictions on conduct ... are consistent with a von Stackelberg type of industry where the degree of oligopolistic interaction among the leading firms is reduced as a consequence of the relaxation of the legal entry barriers."
"When only the lowest-cost producer(s) make positive profits, then the network takes on a dominant group architecture: there is a (small) complete subnetwork of the low-cost producers, accompanied by the remainder of firms all of which are isolated. This network structure also emerges when costs of link formation are high, and competition is Cournot."
"Accordingly, in any voluntary agency where authority is vested in a non-consumer group, the nature and degree of consumer participation will depend, amongst other factors, upon the way in which the dominant group defines and applies the term itself. Will the semantics of participation be used to provide consumers with access to powerful positions within voluntary agencies or will the very definition attributed to the term serve to re-inforce a role of passivity and powerlessness?"
"In turn, electric tools, the dominant group, can be further broken down by specific products (drills, saws, other, and parts and accessories) and by power source (plug-in and cordless)."
Relative dominant groups
The subject designation such as "economics" is placed at the beginning of the search stream, e.g., "economics class sect superior rules".
|Genera Differentia||Popularity in articles||Small group study area||Popularity||"Dominant group" overlap||Concept usage|
|class sect superior rules||88,900||Economics||28,400||5,460||22,940|
|class sect superior rules||88,900||Economics, opposite end||27,500||12,600||14,900|
The first test in economics indicates that the "dominant group" definition using the genera differentia "class sect superior rules", not necessarily in any order, may not have usage close to that of "dominant group".
In the article cited following: "sect" is used as "section", sections of the article itself, "class" usually refers to a "class of test statistics", "superior" refers to a "superior predictive ability", and "rules" refers to "decision rules" or "trading rules". A definition of "dominant group" per preceding cited article may be
Def. a superior class [of test statistics] that [influences] [decision or trading rules] in a specific section [of the article] is called a dominant group.
Other definitions are likely. In the above article, the word "dominant" and the term "dominant group" did not occur.
A second article suggests some other situations. In the citation following, "class" refers to "A majority group, say, the workers, who control the policy might rationally choose to have a constitution which limits their power, say, to expropriate the wealth of the capitalist class.", "the class of feedback policy rules", and "[t]he most general class of decision policies"; "sect" refers to article sections again; "rules" refers to "policy rules" or "decision rules"; and "superior" refers to "Typically the iterative process of the policy rule change inducing investment function change inducing policy rule change, etc., did converge. Given that it converges, the limiting policy rule is consistent in the sense described in Sections I1 and IV. In all cases for which it did converge, we searched for and found linear feedback policy rules which were superior to this consistent rule, typically by a substantial amount." In this article "dominant group" does not occur but "dominant" does: "dominant player", "dominant firm", and "[f]or policy selection, the policymaker is dominant".
Here a "dominant group" definition is very similar to the above yet may be
Def. a superior class of [policy or decision] rules described in a section of the article is called a dominant group.
These two examples are closer to a genus differentia definition.
A third article is not too different from the first two. Per the following citation: "class" occurs over 100 times in the article and refers to class of stock, as in "superior class of stock", class A shares owned by corporate insiders of top management, class B are the inferior class of stock; "sect" refers again to "section" of the article; "superior" as already indicated; and "rules" refers to takeover rules benefitting the insiders and "voting rules" also benefitting insiders.
Def. a superior class [of stock owned by the corporate insiders] rules [takeover gains and voting for the insiders] is called a dominant group of stock.
Each of the "dominant group" definitions requires additional words to clarify what's happening; i.e., to make the definition more precise to the specific situations.
The genera differentia for possible definitions of "dominant group" fall into the following set of orderable pairs:
|Synonym for "dominant"||Category Number||Category Title||Synonym for "group"||Category Number||Catgeory Title|
|-----||---||-------||"sect"||1018||RELIGIONS, CULTS, SECTS|
'Orderable' means that any synonym from within the first category can be ordered with any synonym from the second category to form an alternate term for "dominant group"; for example, "superior class", "influential sect", "master assembly", "most important group", and "dominant painting". "Dominant" falls into category 171. "Group" is in category 61. Further, any word which has its most or much more common usage within these categories may also form an alternate term, such as "ruling group", where "ruling" has its most common usage in category 739, or "dominant party", where "party" is in category 74. "Taxon" or "taxa" are like "species" in category 61. "Society" is in category 786 so there is a "dominant society".
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