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


Previous chapters have focused on debates about the timeless characteristics of political power and the various elements that make it up. This final part, in contrast, considers whether some fundamental characteristics of power were already changing significantly by the end of the twentieth century – in particular, with regard to the highly complex and contested phenomena associated with globalization. Indeed, these four chapters focus on four quite different interpretations of globalization – the four ‘globalizations’ implied in the title of Part III. Nevertheless, these contrasting interpretations intersect and overlap (even where they disagree) in a range of key ways: first, in their understanding of liberalism and neoliberalism as both ‘truth’ and discourse; second, in their evaluations of the crucial role of the United States ...

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