Power-Dependence Relations

  title={Power-Dependence Relations},
  author={Richard M. Emerson},
  journal={American Sociological Review},
  • R. Emerson
  • Published 1 February 1962
  • Sociology
  • American Sociological Review
A simple theory of power relations is developed in an effort to resolve some of the ambiguities surrounding "power," "authority," "legitimacy," and power "structures," through bringing them together in a coherent scheme. After defining a reciprocal power-dependence relation, attention is focused upon properties of balance and "balancing operations" in such relations. The theory dictates exactly four generic types of balancing process, and discussion of these leads directly into processes of… Expand

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