Chapter

The Imbalance of Power Conception

Frank Lovett

in A General Theory of Domination and Justice

Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780199579419
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191722837 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199579419.003.0003
 							The Imbalance of Power Conception

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This chapter examines the connection between social power and domination. It is argued that an imbalance of social power is a necessary, but not sufficient condition of domination. Social power is analyzed as the ability of one person or group to change what another person or group would otherwise want to do. The relevance of strategies and rational expectations to a clear conception of power is considered and defended. It is also argued that power is not an essentially contested concept.

Keywords: power; social power; strategies; rational expectations; essentially contested concepts

Chapter.  13825 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Political Theory

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