What Is Power

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What is power?
The aim of the assessment is to discover what power is. First part of the assessment is going to analyse three dimensions of power and different political theories: Pluralism, Elitism and Marxism. Later on the assessment is going to talk about different forms of state power which are: use of force, authoritative leadership, use of nudge and surveillance. The last part of the assessment is going to criticise the three dimensions of power by using market liberals’ opinion that the state in fact should hold less power and give more of the power to the individuals by privatising public sector. The conclusion states that there is no exact definition of power and that it can be defined in different ways according to pluralists, elitists or Marxists.

The beginning of the assessment is going to explain three dimensions of power and different political theories that associate with these dimensions, these are: pluralism, elitism and Marxism. Later on it will talk about different forms of state power.

Explanation The first dimension of power is behaviourism according to Robert Dahl’s famous definition of power is: ‘’A has power over B to the extent that he can get B to do something that B would not otherwise do’’ which means that according to behaviourist philosophes in order to find out where power is we need to study different individuals behaviour. First dimension of power is pluralism. One of the pluralist observes was Robert Dahl who decided to monitor behaviour of city actors in New Heaven, Connecticut. Dahl wanted to abolish the myth that it is the business leaders that hold all the power in Atlanta. Dahl findings stated that access to states resources was spread throughout the society (different pressure groups) in other words it was non-cumulative, in addition Dahl findings stated that the power was dispersed through…...

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