The Idea of Power and the Role of Ideas

  title={The Idea of Power and the Role of Ideas},
  author={Daniel B{\'e}land},
  journal={Political Studies Review},
  pages={145 - 154}
  • D. Béland
  • Published 1 May 2010
  • Sociology
  • Political Studies Review
Since the mid-1970s, the social science debate over the meaning of the idea of power has intensified. Offering a critical discussion of the work of Steven Lukes, this brief article puts forward an amended definition of political power before exploring the relationship between ideas, interests and power relations. Drawing on the recent social science literature on the role of ideas in politics, the article suggests that, among other things, ideational processes help actors make sense of their… 

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