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Chapter 7: Globalization as Americanization
Power is usually analyzed in the context of the state. Individuals, groups and institutions use power within the state. Or states use power in relations with one another. On the other hand, it is increasingly argued today that the state is losing its sovereignty. Globalization has become a symbol of our time. If that is true, who uses power in today's world – and how?
In the discourse on the nature of power one can stress the role of agencies of power or systemic properties of power (Haugaard, 1997b). Stressing only one or the other aspect of power, however, the analysis is bound to overlook important elements in today's situation. Power should always be looked at as a process ...