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A General Theory of Domination and Justice$
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Frank Lovett

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199579419

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199579419.001.0001

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The Imbalance of Power Conception

The Imbalance of Power Conception

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(p.55) 3 The Imbalance of Power Conception
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A General Theory of Domination and Justice
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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199579419.003.0003

This chapter examines the connection between social power and domination. It is argued that an imbalance of social power is a necessary, but not sufficient condition of domination. Social power is analyzed as the ability of one person or group to change what another person or group would otherwise want to do. The relevance of strategies and rational expectations to a clear conception of power is considered and defended. It is also argued that power is not an essentially contested concept.

Keywords:   power, social power, strategies, rational expectations, essentially contested concepts

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