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Keith Dowding

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781526107282

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781526107282.001.0001

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Introduction: power, luck and freedom

Introduction: power, luck and freedom

(p.1) Introduction: power, luck and freedom
Power, Luck and Freedom

Keith Dowding

Manchester University Press

This chapter discusses the links between the concepts of power, luck and freedom that are elucidated in the subsequent chapters of the book. It argues that comparative static definitions of power are correct for understanding the power structure of society and for comparing power across societies, but will always be inherently disappointing as power in action is dynamic. It discusses the nature of dynamic power and relates that to individual freedom, control and responsibility, demonstrating how luck underpins our understanding of freedom and responsibility.

Keywords:   Control, Freedom, Luck, Power, Rational choice, Responsibility

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