DescriptionThis far-reaching study gives a concise and coherent overview of the debates surrounding the analysis of social power. The concept of power is outlined, and its main dimensions are explored through consideration of various facets – command, pressure, constraint, discipline, protest, and interpersonal power. The book examines both the theoretical debates that have arisen and the kinds of empirical materials relevant to them.
Topics covered include the nature of the contemporary state, global economic power, world systems, business governance, professional power, social movements, and family dynamics.
Power will be an indispensable introduction for students and researchers in sociology, politics, and the social sciences generally.
1. Patterns of Power
Mainstream and Second Stream.
The Elementary Forms of Social Power.
Structures of Domination.
2. Command and Sovereign Power
States and State Elites.
Integration and Recruitment.
3. Pressure and Policy Formation
Pressure and Polyarchy.
Decisions, Nondecisions, and Representaton.
Networks of Pressure and Policy.
4. Constraint and Hegemony
Financial Power and Economic Constraint.
Political Constraint and Hegemony.
State Power and Class Hegemony.
5. Discipline and Expertise
Government, Discourse, and Discipline.
Expertise and Professionalism.
6. Protest and Collective Mobilisation
Structures of Collective Protest.
Theories of Organised Protest.
The Development of Protest.
Globalisation and Protest.
7. Interpersonal Power
Power, Dependence, and Embodiment.
Patriarchy, Sexuality, and Power.
Interpersonal Power and Charismatic Authority.
‘Using some simple but robust analytical distinctions, Professor Scott neatly and lucidly surveys alternative approaches to studying power and thereby illuminates various patterns of domination and of resistance in contemporary societies, focusing on the political and economic spheres.' Steven Lukes, London School of Economics
- A concise and accessible introduction to the topic of power
- An interdisciplinary text that will appeal to a wide range to students
- Includes empirical date from both the UK and the US