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Rational Choice and Political Power

Keith Dowding


Rational Choice and Political Power is a classic text republished with two new chapters. It critiques the three dimensions of power showing that we can explain everything the dimensions are designed to highlight using the tools of rational choice theory. It argues power is best seen as a property of agents, and can be measured by looking at their relative resources. Breaking down power resources into five abstract categories we can see why groups of individuals can fail to secure their best interests due to the collective action problem. We can also define objective interests in through the le ... More

Keywords: Social and Political power, collective action, ideology, conceptual analysis, interests

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781529206333
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781529206333.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Keith Dowding, author