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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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Rational choice and community power structures

Rational choice and community power structures

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Power, Luck and Freedom

Keith Dowding

Patrick Dunleavy

Desmond King

Helen Margetts

Manchester University Press

This chapter applies Dowding’s analysis of power to the community power debate. It demonstrates the importance of the collective action problem to our understanding of power in society, showing that both pluralists and their radical critics misinterpret power in society by ignoring collective action problems. It demonstrates the nature of luck and systematic luck in the power structure.

Keywords:   Community power debate, Luck, Power, Power structure, Rational choice, Resources, Systematic luck

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