Journal of political power
About: Journal of political power is an academic journal. The journal publishes majorly in the area(s): Power (social and political) & Politics. It has an ISSN identifier of 2158-379X. Over the lifetime, 331 publication(s) have been published receiving 3448 citation(s).
23 Mar 2012-Journal of political power
TL;DR: In this paper, it is argued that the processes of four-dimensional power also constitute the process of normatively desirable power, as emancipation, and that the exclusions of two-dimensional powers also represent the conditions of possibility for justice.
Abstract: In the literature, there have been two essentially contrasting views of power: one of power as domination, largely characterized as power over, and the other of power as empowerment, frequently theorized as power to. To date, the four (Lukes and Foucault) dimensions of power have been considered forms of domination. In this article it is argued that the processes of four-dimensional power also constitute the process of normatively desirable power, as emancipation. Key is the realization that structured power over has the potential to be positive-sum, rather than zero-sum; furthermore, that the exclusions of two-dimensional power also constitute the conditions of possibility for justice. The fact that normatively desirable power and domination are constituted through the same processes is not chance: the effectiveness of power as domination is parasitic upon power as emancipation.
24 Mar 2014-Journal of political power
TL;DR: In this article, the relationship between power and reason, justice and domination, is explored through an email conversation between Allen, Forst and Haugaard, and it is argued that reasoning is intrinsic to political power, with both the potential for power as justice (Arendt), and power as domination (Foucault and Lukes).
Abstract: Through an email conversation between Allen, Forst and Haugaard, this article explores the relationship between the dyads power and reason, justice and domination. In much of the literature reason is considered either a mode of emancipation from power (Lukes) or, conversely, a subtle ruse of domination (Foucault). Here it is argued that reasoning is intrinsic to political power, with both the potential for power as justice (Arendt), and for power as domination (Foucault and Lukes). With power and reason as normatively neutral, with both/either normatively desirable and undesirable potentials, this raises the fundamental question of how to distinguish between justice and domination. These issues are explored, taking account of processes of subject formation and systems of thought.
30 Mar 2011-Journal of political power
TL;DR: In this article, a more rigorous and systematic analysis of the process of soft power is presented, and conditions that encourage decision-makers to appreciate and effectively employ soft power strategies are proposed.
Abstract: Soft power has attracted significant attention in scholarly and public debates on foreign affairs in recent years. Notwithstanding this greater attention, the treatment of soft power has developed little beyond ‘soft theory.’ This article addresses this deficiency by offering a more rigorous and systematic analysis of the process of soft power. In addition, it seeks to address two further shortcomings in the treatment of soft power: by explaining how changes in modern world politics have raised the value of soft power and by proposing conditions that encourage decision‐makers to appreciate and effectively employ soft power strategies.
24 Mar 2014-Journal of political power
TL;DR: In this paper, the Foucaultian power forms with its corresponding resistance are discussed and the characteristics of the power strategy/relationship affect the kinds of resistance that subsequently prevail.
Abstract: This article links Foucaultian power forms with its corresponding resistance. If resistance is a reaction to power, then the characteristics of the power strategy/ relation affect the kinds of resistance that subsequently prevail. Accordingly, it becomes interesting to discuss what kinds of resistance emanate from what kinds of power. We discuss this relationship between power and resistance by drawing on Foucault’s ‘triangle’: (I) sovereign power; (II) disciplinary power; and (III) biopower. Thus, deviating from Foucaultian studies’ preoccupation with ‘power’, we utilise Foucault in order to focus on ‘resistance’. And by connecting to empirical examples from within the emerging field of resistance studies we argue that the peculiarities of power decide how resistance can be conducted.
30 Apr 2013-Journal of political power
TL;DR: In this paper, the authors re-examine the politics of engagement of the UK mental health service user and survivor movement by focusing upon the mental health "expert-by-experience".
Abstract: This article re-examines the politics of engagement of the UK mental health service user and survivor movement by focusing upon the mental health ‘expert-by-experience’. Using qualitative data, I illustrate how the service user and survivor movement is able to draw upon an experiential authority that is rooted in practices of self-help and peer-support. I do this by bringing an experimentalist reading of self-help and peer-support practices into dialogue with a model of traditional authority. As such, the personal can be linked up to the political in ways that emphasise the value of self-help and support practices as forms of political participation, while highlighting modes of engagement that are predicated on the capacities, rather than the needs, of the movement.
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