Ideas of Steven Lukes, by Theme

[British, fl. 1990, Professor at the LSE, and then New York University.]

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20. Action / A. Definition of Action / 1. Action Theory
There is collective action, where a trend is manifest, but is not attributable to individuals
24. Political Theory / C. Ruling a State / 1. Social Power
Power is the capacity of a social class to realise its interests
The two-dimensional view of power recognises the importance of controlling the agenda
Hidden powers are the most effective
Power is a capacity, which may never need to be exercised
The pluralist view says that power is restrained by group rivalry
One-dimensionsal power is behaviour in observable conflicts of interests
Political organisation brings some conflicts to the fore, and suppresses others
The evidence for the exertion of power need not involve a grievance of the powerless
Power is affecting a person in a way contrary to their interests
Supreme power is getting people to have thoughts and desires chosen by you
Power can be exercised to determine a person's desires
24. Political Theory / D. Ideologies / 1. Ideology
In the 1950s they said ideology is finished, and expertise takes over
24. Political Theory / D. Ideologies / 6. Liberalism / a. Liberalism basics
Liberals take people as they are, and take their preferences to be their interests
24. Political Theory / D. Ideologies / 11. Capitalism
Anyone who thinks capitalism can improve their lives is endorsing capitalism