This major book provides an up-to-date and state-of-the-art overview of the contemporary theory and practice of the most central concept in political science: power. The concept of political power is introduced within a three-part framework: contemporary theories of power; applications of power processes and practices; and the implications of modern power flows across the globe today. The book explores the many structures of power in the contemporary world from theories of its construction and use, to its operation in policy networks, and its wider exercise at different levels in the political process, from the local to the global. Amongst the many themes explored are the reproduction and


Above all, the contributions in this part share an orientation in the policy sciences. In different ways, all three chapters consider power relations involving both private and public actors. They address a common research question: how has the ‘balance of power’ shifted among state institutions, civil society and markets? This question aims to achieve a better understanding of the contents of policies as well as the process of policy formation. In addition, each author is concerned with both theoretical and empirical matters; and each focuses on power in political and policy processes. In principle, the practices studied cover a range from the global to the local scale, but the different contributions are not, strictly speaking, oriented to territorial issues and configurations.

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