Forms of Power
February 2001, Polity
Against this general background, Poggi shows how various
embodiments of normative/ideological and economic power have both
made claims on political power (considered chiefly as it is
embodied in the state) and responded in turn to the latter's
attempt to control or to instrumentalize them. The embodiment of
ideological power in religion and in modern intellectual elites is
examined in the context of their relations to the state. Poggi also
explores both the demands laid upon the state by the business elite
and the impact of the state's fiscal policies on the economic
sphere. The final chapter considers the relationship between a
state's political class and its military elite, which tends to use
the resource of organized coercion for its own ends.
Forms of Power will be of interest to students and scholars of sociology and politics.
Chapter 1: Homo Potens.
Chapter 2: Power Forms.
Chapter 3: Political Power.
Chapter 4: Ideological/Normative Power.
Chapter 5: Religious Power and the State.
Chapter 6: Creative Intellectuals and the State.
Chapter 7: Economic Power.
Chapter 8: Business and Politics.
Chapter 9: The Economic Costs of the State.
Chapter 10: Military Power.
This is a broad, wide-ranging work on the nature and forms of power
Develops and original argument about the principle forms of power and uses a wide range of examples - from the middle ages to the present day- to illustrate it
"Forms of Power is a significant and original contribution to
contemporary debates on power. I would thoroughly recommend this
book to anyone interested in power and/or Weberian social theory."
"This is an ambitious work that deals in an illuminating and
comprehensive way with a notoriously difficult concept."
American Political Science Review
"This is a sustained restatement of a Weberian position in the
light of recent empirical work on forms of social power. It is
lucid, engagingly written, and sure to gain readers and attention."
John Hall, McGill University, Montreal
"Gianfranco Poggi has written a lucid and economical book on the major forms of social power: political economic and normative/ideological. His discussion of military power, treated as an aspect of political power, is a welcome innovation, as is his extensive use of untranslated Italian and German scholarship." Dennis H. Wrong, New York University