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
Chapter 5: Private and Public Power at the National Level
Private and Public Power at the National Level
The relationship between private interests and government has been described in numerous ways. Pluralism and (neo)corporatism, segmentation and iron triangles, issue networks and policy communities, are some of the key phrases used to characterize the relations between organized interests and public authorities. In this analysis of private and public power at the national level, I will use the case of Norway as an illustrative example of how private interests operate in order to influence public authorities. My theoretical point of departure, however, is a more general one, and the general framework presented in this chapter should be relevant to other polities as well.
There are, of course, many aspects of power ...