1st Edition

Essays on Evolutions in the Study of Political Power

Edited By Giulio M. Gallarotti Copyright 2022
    274 Pages
    by Routledge

    274 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book deals with the most important developments in the study of political power over the last four decades. From the writings of the great Greek philosophers of antiquity to the present, the idea of power has been the major subject in the study of politics. Indeed, some would say it defines the very field of politics itself as a social science.

    Penned by the leading scholars in the field, this collection gives a broad overview of the most important issues in the study of political power, tracing the evolution of scholarly thinking about them and in doing so revealing crucial innovations therein. This will be a major contribution in the understanding of the concepts and practices of how power manifests itself across social and political contexts.

    This book will be of great interest to scholars, students and individuals who wish to understand the very foundations of social and political life.

    The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of the Journal of Political Power, volume 14, issue 1 (2021).

    Introduction: The more things change, the more they…: the changing faces of power 1979-2019

    Giulio M. Gallarotti

    1. Power: ambiguous not vague

    Keith Dowding

    2. Tales of power

    Stewart Clegg and Marco Berti

    3. The new concepts of power? Power-over, power-to and power-with

    Pamela Pansardi and Marianna Bindi

    4. Conceptual analysis of power: basic trends

    Valeri Ledyaev

    5. The faces of power revisited

    David A. Baldwin

    6. Power and domination

    Steven Lukes

    7. Linking the prepositions: using power analysis to inform strategies for social action

    John Gaventa

    8. An application of the four-dimensional model of power: the case of Khutsong

    Johan Zaaiman and Gift Mupambwa

    9. The four dimensions of power: conflict and democracy

    Mark Haugaard

    10. Why does publicity matter? Power, not deliberation

    Clarissa Rile Hayward

    11. Soft power: the evolution of a concept

    Joseph S. Nye

    12. The changing? Face of power in international relations, 1979-2019

    Giulio M. Gallarotti

    13. Heterarchy: Toward Paradigm Shift in World Politics

    Rosalba Belmonte and Philip G. Cerny


    Giulio M. Gallarotti is Professor in the Department of Government at Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut; and Adjunct Professor of Political Science at Columbia University, New York, USA.  

    "The concept of power is one of the few concepts to be widely considered indispensable in all branches of social science. But how do we find out who ‘has’ power? Under which kinds of empowering conditions is it manifest? For what purposes is it used, and at whose expense or benefit? These are questions to which answers are highly controversial, as are the conceptual models which distinguish power from domination, coercion, influence, manipulation, governance etc. Also, counter-power is needed in order to emancipate society from powerful encroachments on republican freedom and social justice. This collection of essays brings together some of the most prominent protagonists of these ongoing debates. It provides the reader with a balanced and multi-faceted account of where we stand in the analysis of social power."

    - Claus Offe, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Humboldt University and Hertie School, Berlin


    "These essays come from some of the finest authors writing on power today and cover some of the most important issues. It will be indispensable reading in politics and sociology, law and philosophy, for many years to come."

    - Philip Pettit, L.S.Rockefeller University Professor of Human Values, Princeton University and Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Australian National University


    "Essays on Evolutions in the Study of Political Power is a goldmine of insights from the cutting edge of power scholarship, penned by the most prominent names in the field. It should be read by anyone interested in the future of power and democracy."

    - Bent Flyvbjerg, First BT Professor and Inaugural Chair of Major Programme Management, University of Oxford; Villum Kann Rasmussen Professor and Chair, IT University of Copenhagen


    "If you want to know who really governs and how in your community, your nation or in the world system, just read this incredibly well-researched and thoughtful collection of essays!"

    - Pierre Birnbaum, Professor Emeritus of Political Sociology at the University of Paris, Panthéon-Sorbonne

    "The essays in this volume not only take stock of the "power debates" of the last forty years, they also chart exciting new paths for future research. With contributions from many of the major figures in the field, this book is a must read for anyone interested in how the concept of power is deployed in a wide range of disciplines, including philosophy, sociology, political theory, development studies, and international relations."

    - Amy Rebekah Allen, Liberal Arts Professor of Philosophy and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, The Pennsylvania State University