Rowman and Littlefield International

Varieties of Political Experience

Power Phenomena in Modern Society

By Gianfranco Poggi

This book emphasises the role played in these relations by political institutions in particular.

Paperback ISBN: 9781907301759 Release date: Jun 2014
£30.00 €41.00 $49.00

Pages: 202

ECPR Press

The management of contemporary public affairs involves many different centres of social power, engaged in complex and mutable relations, ranging from willing cooperation, to competition, to out-and-out conflict. This book emphasises the role played in these relations by political institutions in particular. Generally, these claim a special competence to authorise and regulate the activities of other institutions, but their claim is often contested by other power centres, serving different and sometimes contrasting interests. To explore those processes, the author, after identifying the nature of ‘the political', considers its dealings with other forms of social power. Among these, economic power gets particular attention, in view of the contemporary salience of the ‘state vs market' issue. But this book also considers the relations between politics at one end, and law, the public sphere, citizenship, and religion at the other.


Acknowledgements ix

Preface xi

Chapter One: Varieties of Political Experience 1

Chapter Two: Power: An Outline of the Concept and of its Manifestations 15

Chapter Three: Political Power Un-Manned: A Defence of the Holy

Trinity from Michael Mann’s Military Attack 27

Chapter Four: State and Society: Modern Trends of a Problematic

Relationship 43

Chapter Five: Juridical Aspects of European State-Making: A Retrospect 53

Chapter Six: Citizens and the State: A Retrospective View and an

Attempt at Prospecting 63

Chapter Seven: Challenge and Response in the Relationship Between

the State and the Liberal Public Sphere 75

Chapter Eight: Relations Between Political and Economic Power:

A Conceptual Narrative 85

Chapter Nine: The Secularization of the State: Aspects of a Major

Historical Development 111

Chapter Ten: The Westphalian Design of the Modern States System 121

Chapter Eleven: The Genesis of Weber’s Talks on the Vocations of

Science and of Politics 139

Bibliography 155

Appendix: The Concept of Power (Heinrich Popitz) 159

Index 179

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