Perspectives on Social and Political Power: A book series published by Manchester University Press.



Power is one of the most fundamental concepts in social science. Yet, despite the undisputed centrality of power to social and political life, few have agreed what it is or how it manifests itself. Perspectives on Social and Political Power is a book series which aims to provide a forum for this absolutely central, and much debated, social phenomenon. The series is theoretical, in both a social scientific and normative sense, yet also empirical in its orientation. Theoretically it is oriented both towards the Anglo-American tradition, including Dahl and Lukes, as well as to the Continental perspectives, influenced by Foucault and Bourdieu, as well as Arendt and the Frankfurt School. Empirically, the series is oriented toward scientific and policy or practitioner oriented analysis.


Authors and publications:

The series will begin with for books, which are coming out in 2017. We also have another four that are in various stages of completion. The books coming out in spring 2017 are as follows:

Keith Dowding (Australian National University): Power, Luck and Freedom: Collected Essays.

Peter Triantafillou (Roskilde DK) Neoliberal power: The quest for accountability, credibility and evidence in the public sector

Nanna Mik-Meyer (SFI – The Danish National Centre for Social Research): Crafting Citizens and Professionals in Welfare Encounters

Allyn Fives (National University of Ireland, Galway): Beyond Paternalism: Power, Pluralism and Parents.


Submissions should be sent to the Editor, Mark Haugaard, National University of Ireland Galway, Ireland.


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