Power in International Politics

  title={Power in International Politics},
  author={Michael Barnett and Raymond D Duvall},
  journal={International Organization},
  pages={39 - 75}
The concept of power is central to international relations. Yet disciplinary discussions tend to privilege only one, albeit important, form: an actor controlling another to do what that other would not otherwise do. By showing conceptual favoritism, the discipline not only overlooks the different forms of power in international politics, but also fails to develop sophisticated understandings of how global outcomes are produced and how actors are differentially enabled and constrained to… Expand
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