The Concept of Power in the Analysis of Organisations with Social and Political Goals

Rye, Danny (2015) The Concept of Power in the Analysis of Organisations with Social and Political Goals. Journal of Political Power, 8 (3). pp. 301-320. ISSN 1754-0291

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I propose a theoretical framework for examining the extent to which organisations with social and political goals (OSPs) empower (or disempower) participants as effective political citizens. Theories of power – including behaviouralism, Structuration and Foucauldian notions – are drawn on to illuminate relevant aspects of organisational life. Together they account for the role of individuals, rules and processes, procedure and administration, culture and practice, techniques of organisation and communication. The intention is to shed light on how groups or individuals are empowered or otherwise and provides a basis, where necessary, for challenging existing structures and practices in the name of greater empowerment.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information and Comments: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Political Power on 16th October, 2015 available online:
Keywords: power; political organisation; social movements; empowerment;participation
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > History and Politics
Depositing User: Danny Rye
Date Deposited: 18 Mar 2016 13:06
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2016 16:37

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