The four dimensions of power

Understanding domination, empowerment and democracy

By Mark Haugaard

The four dimensions of power


  • Hardcover

Book Information

  • Format: eBook
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-1039-8
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £22.50
  • Published Date: June 2020
  • BIC Category: Society & social sciences / Political science & theory, Society & social sciences / Society & culture: general, POLITICAL SCIENCE / History & Theory, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Popular Culture, Political science & theory, Politics & government
  • Series: Social and Political Power



'Hugely impressive. Haugaard embraces a wide range of issues and of relevant thinkers and theories and skilfully deploys the various analytical distinctions that have surfaced in discussion of power-all within a framework that gives the reader the sense of moving both forward and deeper. The product of many years of reflection, this readable book achieves something very important indeed.'
Steven Lukes, Professor of Sociology, New York University and author of Power: A Radical View


Introduction: the concept of political power.
Part 1: The four dimensions of power:
Chapter 1: Levels of conflict and consent: power-over, power-to and power-with.
Chapter 2. The first dimension of power: agency.
Chapter 3. The second dimension of power: structure.
Chapter 4: The third dimension of power: epistemology.
Chapter 5. The fourth dimension of power: ontology.
Part 2. Power and the social world.
Chapter 6. Authority: the performative nature of power.
Chapter 7. Emotion and ritual: the "irrational" aspects of power.
Chapter 8. God: reification, Truth and emotion.
Chapter 9. Political power and violence: reflections on historical trends.
Part 3:
Chapter 10: Conclusions: empirical and normative theoretical reflections.


Mark Haugaard is Professor in the School of Political Science and Sociology at the National University of Ireland, Galway

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