September 24, 2012- Power and its Myriad Forms.docx

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School
Queen's University
Department
Political Studies
Course
POLS 110
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Power and its Myriad Forms
The engine of politics?
Government balances the interests of different parties
There are power struggles within agencies of government
There are formal and informal powers; informal power is power that exists
within a network and is very pervasive.
o Something we cannot see, so some may think informal power doesn’t
exist.
Power is never an either or thing; it is always about degree.
o Power can be directed at results or putting an item on the agenda;
making the issue known.
o Every individual has a certain degree of power, it is up to us to discern
what makes something matter; what gives someone power
Resources, voice
Congemiaty is the idea that there is unseen power
Objectives
Demonstrate that power has different forms, resides in different places and
need not be international
Power can be the capacity to make outcomes; to influence behaviour
o Power can be an inducement to behave in a certain way
Power can reside in exhortation
Power can not exercised, simply present; can be used as a deterrent.
(Symbolically)
What are we interested in?
Its acquisition, increasing it, decreasing it, or destroying it?

Document Summary

Government balances the interests of different parties. There are power struggles within agencies of government. There are formal and informal powers; informal power is power that exists within a network and is very pervasive: something we cannot see, so some may think informal power doesn"t exist. Congemiaty is the idea that there is unseen power. Demonstrate that power has different forms, resides in different places and need not be international. Power can be the capacity to make outcomes; to influence behaviour: power can be an inducement to behave in a certain way. Power can not exercised, simply present; can be used as a deterrent. (symbolically)