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Explaining the nature of power: A three-process theory

Turner, John C


Power is an inescapable feature of human social life and structure. This paper addresses the nature of power. The standard theory is that power is the capacity for influence and that influence is based on the control of resources valued or desired by others. However, there have always been problems with this theory and new ones have appeared. The paper summarizes the standard theory and its problems, outlines the different meanings of power and presents a new theory emphasizing group identity,...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2005
Type: Journal article
Source: European Journal of Social Psychology
DOI: 10.1002/ejsp.244


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