Agency and structure: Interpreting power relationships

@article{Dowding2008AgencyAS,
  title={Agency and structure: Interpreting power relationships},
  author={Keith Dowding},
  journal={Journal of Power},
  year={2008},
  volume={1},
  pages={21 - 36}
}
  • K. Dowding
  • Published 26 March 2008
  • Philosophy
  • Journal of Power
Many of the debates over the ‘true’ nature of power relationships concern the importance given to agents or to structures in describing those relationships. Writers who discuss the power structure or system tend to concentrate upon structures; those who write about the power of agents or power relationships tend to concentrate upon actors. The agency‐structure relationship goes deep into many seemingly different issues in very different approaches to power. I argue that whilst the agency… 

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