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Encyclopedia of power /
edited by Keith Dowding.
imprint
Thousand Oaks, Calif. : SAGE Publications, 2011.
description
xxvi,755 p. : ill.
ISBN
9781412927482 (cloth : acid-free paper)
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Book
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imprint
Thousand Oaks, Calif. : SAGE Publications, 2011.
isbn
9781412927482 (cloth : acid-free paper)
general note
Includes index.
catalogue key
7353684
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Appeared in Library Journal on 2011-06-01:
This single-volume work focuses on the ways in which power is theorized in the social sciences, e.g., political science, sociology, social psychology, organization studies, and urban politics and planning. The 381 entries are arranged alphabetically, ranging from 400 to 4000 words in length and written by 157 scholars from 17 different countries. Entries cover theories such as those of consensual power, concepts like manipulation, institutions like the Central Intelligence Agency, and people such as psychology theorist David McClelland. Each entry contains cross--references and a bibliography. The "Reader's Guide" at the outset (common to Sage works) also organizes entries into key themes, such as "Institutional Issues," "Intrapersonal Matters," and "Methodological Issues." The work concludes with an index. The entries are written in a readable, concise style that can help clarify theoretical issues for students or provide quick background information on institutions, people, or events. Dowding (political science, Australian National Univ.) has published widely on the topic of power and serves as coeditor of Sage's Journal of Theoretical Politics. BOTTOM LINE This set offers a distinctive interdisciplinary analysis of the concept of power and will prove a valuable addition for academic collections.-Samantha Schmehl Hines, Univ. of Montana Lib., Missoula (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Choice on 2011-10-01:
This bold reference work presents a wide-ranging survey of the many aspects of power, with particular emphasis on theoretical analyses drawn from the social sciences--especially political science, international relations, and sociology. Editor Dowding (Australian National Univ.) has been coeditor of the Journal of Theoretical Politics since 1996, and this theoretical approach is strongly reflected in this work. The volume, with 381 entries, is distinctive in its focus on the interdisciplinary concept of power. The entries, which vary in length, cover topics ranging from "Absolutism" to "Pluralism" to "Structure-Induced Equilibrium.. Some of the entries are quite technical and include mathematical formulas, whereas others provide biographical information on key "power" players. All entries have related subject headings and suggestions for further reading. Other helpful features include a reader's guide that groups the entries according to broad categories, and the editor's introduction, which provides a valuable contextual understanding of the topic. Contributors include a wide range of scholars from around the world. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students and faculty, particularly in political science. J. E. Juricek University of Southern California
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"As it stands now, it is a fine work and one I personally would love to own for desk-based research. The biographical entries (on active figures such as Dahl and Morriss and indeed Dowding himself) are objective and historiographically informative, the technical material (e.g. on game theory) is non-patronizing and authoritatively presented, the debates really are of current interest, the mix of soft with hard (or qualitative and quantitative) good, and the overall reach and level of analysis of the entries intellectually and professionally sound."
"Setting out to make the prevailing theories of power accessible as they're discussed in disciplines like political science, business, and psychology, leading social sciences publisher SAGE is compiling what is likely to be a sought-after starting point int he research of power and its brokers."-Library Journal
"This set offers a distinctive interdisciplinary analysis of the concept of power and will prove a valuable addition for academic collections."
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Request a free 30-day online trial to this title at www.sagepub.com/freetrial Power is a central concept in many disciplines in the social sciences, including political science, sociology, social-psychology, organization studies, urban politics and planning. This encyclopedia provides a much needed authoritative and comprehensive coverage of the use of power in those different discourses, enabling the different language communities to learn from each other. It provides a compendium of the concepts that build the ways in which power is conceptualized and provides analyses of related concepts. It also provides a sourcebook for those interested in studying power, and it cross references the many insights that have been provided by theorists over the years. With comprehensive coverage of the use of power in the social sciences, the encyclopedia serves as a one-stop point of reference for the diverse and complex ways in which power has been used. It also provides a reference for debates central to the issues of power in different contexts and for related topics, showing how these disparate topics are related to power. Key Themes - Biography - Concepts Related to Power - Decisions and Game Theory - Institutional Issues - International Relations - Interpersonal Relationships - Intrapersonal Matters - Key Debates - Methodological Issues - Political Science - Political Theory - Social Psychology - Social Theory - Theories of Power - Types of Power - Urban Studies
Main Description
Power is a central concept in many disciplines in the social sciences, including political science, sociology, social-psychology, organization studies, urban politics and planning. Where the term is less often used, such as in economics, it has been reduced to other concepts. Despite, or perhaps because of, its ubiquity, it has been analyzed in numerous and diverse ways in different discourse communities. This encyclopedia provides an authoritative and comprehensive coverage of the use of power in those different discourses, enabling the different language communities to learn from each other. It provides a compendium of the concepts that build the ways in which power is conceptualized and provides analyses of related concepts. It also provides a sourcebook for those interested in studying power and cross references the many insights that have been provided by theorists over the years.There are various levels at which power has been used in the social sciences. Formal models of power use power indices, cooperative game theory, and non-cooperative game theory. Some of these definitions are very technical but here are explained clearly and simply. Other more diffuse accounts of power are defined, discussed, and analyzed and their implications for social research drawn out.The nature of power has been debated conceptually, methodologically, and empirically at the personal, organizational, social, urban, national, and international levels. Those debates are discussed and appraised. Particular applications of power studies to, for example, the role of parties in coalition governments, the nature of prime ministerial versus presidential power, power in organizations, and within personal relations will all be covered. There are entries on individual theorists of power and their influence on the discipline. The encyclopedia will give a comprehensive coverage of the use of power in the social sciences.The encyclopedia will provide a one-stop point of reference for the diverse and complex ways in which power has been used, as well as providing a reference for debates central to the issues of power in different contexts. It will also provide a point of reference for related topics and show how these are related to power.
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A one-stop point of reference for the diverse and complex ways in which power has been used, this encyclopedia provides a reference for debates central to the issues of power in different contexts.
Main Description
Power is a central concept in many disciplines in the social sciences, including political science, sociology, social-psychology, organization studies, urban politics and planning. Where the term is less often used, such as in economics, it has been reduced to other concepts. Despite, or perhaps because of, its ubiquity, it has been analyzed in numerous and diverse ways in different discourse communities. This encyclopedia provides an authoritative and comprehensive coverage of the use of power in those different discourses, enabling the different language communities to learn from each other. It provides a compendium of the concepts that build the ways in which power is conceptualized and provides analyses of related concepts. It also provides a sourcebook for those interested in studying power and cross references the many insights that have been provided by theorists over the years. There are various levels at which power has been used in the social sciences. Formal models of power use power indices, cooperative game theory, and non-cooperative game theory. Some of these definitions are very technical but here are explained clearly and simply. Other more diffuse accounts of power are defined, discussed, and analyzed and their implications for social research drawn out. The nature of power has been debated conceptually, methodologically, and empirically at the personal, organizational, social, urban, national, and international levels. Those debates are discussed and appraised. Particular applications of power studies to, for example, the role of parties in coalition governments, the nature of prime ministerial versus presidential power, power in organizations, and within personal relations will all be covered. There are entries on individual theorists of power and their influence on the discipline. The encyclopedia will give a comprehensive coverage of the use of power in the social sciences. The encyclopedia will provide a one-stop point of reference for the diverse and complex ways in which power has been used, as well as providing a reference for debates central to the issues of power in different contexts. It will also provide a point of reference for related topics and show how these are related to power.

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