Individually lucky, collectively powerful: a response to friends

Keith Dowding*

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    This paper responds to commentators on the reissue of Keith Dowding, Rational Choice and Political Power. I discuss how powerlessness depends upon collective action problems, the nature of systematic luck, and their interaction with individual responsibility. I defend measurement in conceptual analysis, discuss vagueness and ambiguity and the incoherence of some social concepts. I defend power as a simple notion whose context suggest different extensions. I discuss the conceptual and predictive use of models. I defend ‘rationality’ as consistency which stands for lawlike regularity. Finally, I discuss the problems raised with my account of persuasion in terms of manipulation.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)340-362
    Number of pages23
    JournalJournal of Political Power
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2021


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