Understanding Power Structures <Thought>

08/27/2007

In order to improve any political system, we will need to understand the power structures of that system.

Political power is defined as "the ability to influence the behaviour of others".  However, much of the "power" is inherent in the structure of the system itself.  Agents (people) merely play "roles" within this structure.  If they step "out of bounds" from their role, they often lose all their power.

We would like to understand power from an abstract level and to fully understand its form and function in systems.  This will be very helpful in improving political systems.

 

 

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