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Power in Contemporary Politics

Power in Contemporary Politics
Theories, Practices, Globalizations

First Edition
Edited by:
  • Henri Goverde - University of Nijmegen and Wageningen University
  • Philip G Cerny - University of Manchester, UK, Rutgers University - Newark, USA, Rutgers University, USA
  • Mark Haugaard - National University of Ireland Galway, Ireland, National University of Ireland, Ireland
  • Howard H Lentner - City University of New York, USA

256 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
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 the legitimization of power, the dynamics of resistance and coercion, the concepts of private and public power, and the impact of globalization processes and subsequent shifting power arrangements. Combining diverse perspectives and different tools of analysis, this book represents the most comprehensive treatment of political power published in the last fifteen years. It will be essential reading for academics and students alike across political science, international studies and political sociology.
Mark Haugaard
Introduction to Part I
Gerhard Goehler
Constitution and Use of Power
Mark Haugaard
Consent and Legitimacy
Stewart Clegg
Coercion, Resistance and Legitimacy
Henri Goverde
Introduction to Part II
Henri Goverde and Jan van Tatenhove
Power and Policy Networks
Hilmar Rommetvedt
Private and Public Power at the National Level
Bas Arts
Political Influence of NGOs on International Environmental Issues
Philip G Cerny
Introduction to Part III
Erkki Berndtson
Globalization as Americanization
Philip G Cerny
Globalization and the Disarticulation of Power
Towards a New Middle Ages?

Howard H Lentner
Politics, Power and States in Globalization

Very well suited for empirical political science courses, not for graduate level political theory

Professor Marcel Wissenburg
Department of Political Science, Radboud University Nijmegen
May 30, 2011

Henri J M Goverde

Philip G. Cerny

Mark Haugaard

Howard H Lentner

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