Resources, power and systematic luck: A response to Barry

Politics, Philosophy and Economics 2 (3):305-322 (2003)

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Brian Barry attacks the `resource account' of power providing a set of definitions through which power should be analysed. While there might be different, equally good, ways of defining power, I argue that the formulations provided by Dowding are superior to those of Barry as they produce fewer anomalies and provide a better foundation for empirical research. The article defends the resource account against Barry's criticisms and argues for the utility of the ideas of luck and `systematic luck'. Key Words: power • luck • systematic luck • resources • Barry • Dowding • Harsanyi • capitalists.
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