Who Rules America: Basics of Studying Power

Posted: April 17, 2016 in Uncategorized

All four of these power indicators have proven to be useful in a wide range of studies, but each of them has its strengths and weaknesses, as would be expected with any indicators in the social sciences. Not only do studies of who wins and loses on specific issues have risks, as pointed out just a minute ago, but the value distributions that determine “who benefits” may be in part determined by unintended consequences or by actions of the powerful to extend some benefits downward. In the case of the “who governs” indicator, people in leadership positions may sometimes have only formal authority and no “real power.” As for the reputational method, bias might be introduced by the way in which the original cross-section of informants is chosen, by the wording of the questions asked in the interviews, by unwarranted newspaper publicity for some people, or by the strong leadership role that a person or group played on only one issue.

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