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

Globalization as Americanization

Globalization as americanization

Power and Globalization

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 ...

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