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Rational Choice and Political Power

Published

1 Jul 2019

Page count

224 pages

ISBN

978-1529206333

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press
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Published

1 Jul 2019

Page count

224 pages

ISBN

978-1529206357

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press
£19.99 £16.00You save £3.99 (20%)
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    Featuring a substantial new introduction and two new chapters in the Postscript, this new edition makes one of the most significant works on power available in paperback and online for the first time. The author extensively engages with a body of new literature to elucidate and expand upon the original work, using rational choice theory to provide:

    •An examination of how, due to the collective action problem, groups can be powerless despite not facing any resistance

    •Timely engagement with feminist accounts of power

    •An explanation of the relationship of structure and agency and how to measure power comparatively across societies

    This book’s unique interaction with both classical and contemporary debates makes it an essential resource for anyone teaching or studying power in the disciplines of sociology, philosophy, politics or international relations.

    Introduction to the New Edition

    I. THE ORIGINAL TEXT

    1. Introduction

    2. Rational Choice and a theory of action

    3. Preferences and objective interests

    4. Political power and bargaining theory

    5. Collective action and dimensions of power

    6. State power structures

    7. Preference formation, social location and ideology

    8. Conclusions

    II. POSTSCRIPT

    9. Some Further Thoughts on Power

    10. The Nature of the Exercise