Rational choice and community power structures

Keith Dowding, Patrick Dunleavy, Desmond King, Helen Margetts

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPower, luck and freedom
Subtitle of host publicationCollected essays
EditorsKeith Dowding
Place of PublicationManchester
PublisherManchester University Press
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781526104557
ISBN (Print)9781526107282, 9781526104564
Publication statusPublished - 1995
Externally publishedYes


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