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Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.
2016 (English)In: Concepts in World Politics / [ed] Felix Berenskoetter, London et al.: Sage Publications, 2016, 23-40 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The chapter picks up the concept of power, perhaps the most important concept for analysts of world politics, to advance three ways in which we can analyze concepts. Rather than offering a survey of different conceptualizations of power, which have been well discussed elsewhere, the chapter shows the crucial importance of conceptual analysis both for the critique and development of theory and as an empirical analysis of the performance nature of power analysis. In doing so, the discussion points to the analytical benefits and limits of taking a concept’s theoretical and political contexts seriously.

The chapter proceeds in three parts. The first section tackles how to understand or define a concept. Far from being a purely semantic exercise or a simple instrumen­tal step in the operationalization of variables, it looks at concepts from their context-specific usage, including our theoretical languages. The second section investigates at the role the concept of power plays in our theoretical languages and shows how conceptual analysis can be used for the analysis and critique of theories. The third and final section focuses on the role of power in political discourse(s) and shows how the concept of power becomes itself the object of empirical analysis.

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London et al.: Sage Publications, 2016. 23-40 p.
Keyword [en]
Power
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-303490ISBN: 9781446294284OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-303490DiVA: diva2:972004
Available from: 2016-09-19 Created: 2016-09-19 Last updated: 2016-09-19

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