Theories of Power

Authored by: Lorenz Stör

Routledge Handbook of Ecological Economics

Print publication date:  April  2017
Online publication date:  April  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138931510
eBook ISBN: 9781315679747
Adobe ISBN: 9781317395102


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Power is a core element of society and its analysis deeply characterises social science. As Hay (2002: 168) states: “power is to political analysis what economy is to economics”. While many theorists of political economy might reject this view for seemingly renouncing power's significance as a core concept in economics, this simple phrase shows the extraordinary relevance that power's discussion plays in understanding society. However, the question of what constitutes power is a matter of ongoing contestation, deeply rooted in the historical circumstances and ontological considerations of scientific inquiry [see Chapter 2].

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