Encyclopedia of Power
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Encyclopedia of Power


© 2011 | 784 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
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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

"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

Library Journal

"This set offers a distinctive interdisciplinary analysis of the concept of power and will prove a valuable addition for academic collections."

Samantha Schmehl Hines
University of Montana Library, Missoula
Library Journal

"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."

Stuart Hannabuss
Independent Reviewer and Researcher, Aberdeen, UK
Social Sciences

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