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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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Resources, power and systematic luck: a response to Barry

Resources, power and systematic luck: a response to Barry

(p.105) 5 Resources, power and systematic luck: a response to Barry
Power, Luck and Freedom

Keith Dowding

Manchester University Press

Brian Barry attacks the ‘resource account’ of power, providing a set of definitions through which power should be analysed. While there might be different, equally good, ways of defining power, I argue that my formulations are superior to those of Barry, as they produce fewer anomalies and provide a better foundation for empirical research. The chapter defends the resource account against Barry’s criticisms and argues for the utility of the ideas of luck and ‘systematic luck’.

Keywords:   Barry, Brian, Capitalists, Harsanyi, John, Luck, Power, Resources, Systematic luck

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