Encyclopedia of Power
- Keith Dowding - Australian National University, Australia
Business & Management (General) | Politics & International Relations | Sociology (General)
There are various levels at which power has been used in the social sciences. Formal models of power use power indices, cooperative game theory, and non-cooperative game theory. Some of these definitions are very technical but here are explained clearly and simply. Other more diffuse accounts of power are defined, discussed, and analyzed and their implications for social research drawn out.
The nature of power has been debated conceptually, methodologically, and empirically at the personal, organizational, social, urban, national, and international levels. Those debates are discussed and appraised. Particular applications of power studies to, for example, the role of parties in coalition governments, the nature of prime ministerial versus presidential power, power in organizations, and within personal relations will all be covered. There are entries on individual theorists of power and their influence on the discipline. The encyclopedia will give a comprehensive coverage of the use of power in the social sciences.
The encyclopedia will provide a one-stop point of reference for the diverse and complex ways in which power has been used, as well as providing a reference for debates central to the issues of power in different contexts. It will also provide a point of reference for related topics and show how these are related to power.
"Setting out to make the prevailing theories of power accessible as they're discussed in disciplines like political science, business, and psychology, leading social sciences publisher SAGE is compiling what is likely to be a sought-after starting point int he research of power and its brokers."-Library Journal
"This set offers a distinctive interdisciplinary analysis of the concept of power and will prove a valuable addition for academic collections."
"As it stands now, it is a fine work and one I personally would love to own for desk-based research. The biographical entries (on active figures such as Dahl and Morriss and indeed Dowding himself) are objective and historiographically informative, the technical material (e.g. on game theory) is non-patronizing and authoritatively presented, the debates really are of current interest, the mix of soft with hard (or qualitative and quantitative) good, and the overall reach and level of analysis of the entries intellectually and professionally sound."