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A Study of the Principles of Politics

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  1. Democracy and the Persistence of Power.Preston King - 1998 - Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 1 (4):93-112.
    Power consists in the capacity of A to command B, even against B's wishes, whether directly or indirectly. Questions to do with who possesses it and in what degree are obscured by inflationary shifts of definition (as where power encompasses action as such, or right action, or co?operation). These misjudged moves are generally marked by the assumption that democracy displaces power. But if democracy ultimately persists as a voting procedure, its object is to create power?holders. Democracy may endorse three electoral (...)
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  • Overwhelming Power: Part One ‐ Inflationary Tactics.Preston King - 1998 - Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 1 (1):1-27.
    The paradigm case of power as ?power over? (not ?power to') betrays a concern (1) more with the capacity to dominate others than with the unqualified capacity to act as such; (2) more with the fact, than with the morality, of dominance ? underscoring the key analytical distinction between ?power? and ?authority'; and (3) more with compulsion than co?operation. The three moves to combine (1) ?power over? with ?power to?, (2) ?power? with ?authority?, and (3) ?power? with ?co?operation?, are all (...)
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