The situatin is quite different in human societies [from the social insects].  For one thing, the coordination among their component parts is often poor.  for another, their components do not always function in ways that are conducive to the well-being of the systme itself (i.e., the society).  For example, their members are individualistic and often self-assertive, resist efforts to coordinate and control their behavior, and do not readily subordinate their needs to the needs of the group.  In short, a genetic blue-print that is very different from the honeybee's, but just as compelling, prevents human societies from achieving the strict ordering of relations that characterizes some systems (1991, p. 20).