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 and the Disarticulation of Political Power: Towards a New Middle Ages?

Globalization and the disarticulation of political power: Towards a new middle ages?
Philip G.Cerny

Political Power from the Centripetal State to Durable Disorder

The very foundations of the way power works are being dramatically transformed today by wider changes in the nature of economy and society. In the modern era – broadly speaking, over the past 300 years – world politics has been characterized by the structural dominance of one level of political organization, the nation-state. Other levels of political organization, whether endogenous (i.e., domestic political systems) or exogenous (i.e., the international system or states system), have crystallized around or through the Janus-faced state. The very notion of political power itself has issued from and depended ...

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