The Community Power Debate

The one-dimensional model of power Defines power as direct influence Influence behavior of another person/group Conflict is a condition Agency: ability to choose an alternative course of action (Giddens, 1979, p. 56) Pluralists: power is equitably distributed throughout society Order similar from  The two-dimensional model of power One-dimensional power too simplistic “The two faces of power” Also preventing someone from acting Elitists: power concentrated with privileged Order similar from  The three-dimensional model of power Pluralists and elitists both restrict notion of power being purely behavioural Power can influence, shape, determine wants Controlling organizational culture example of third dimension   Conflict not a necessary condition for exercising power Power operates on deep structures to shape people’s interests, values Order similar from