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Power, Soft or Deep? An Attempt at Constructive Criticism

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1. Title Title of document Power, Soft or Deep? An Attempt at Constructive Criticism
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Peter Baumann; Swarthmore College; United States
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Gisela Cramer; National University of Colombia (Bogotá); Colombia
3. Subject Discipline(s) Political philosophy; political theory; Sociology of power
3. Subject Keyword(s) social power; soft power; Joseph Nye; Steven Lukes
3. Subject Subject classification 720704
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This paper discusses and criticizes Joseph Nye’s account of soft power. First, we set the stage and make some general remarks about the notion of social power. In the main part of this paper we offer a detailed critical discussion of Nye’s conception of soft power. We conclude that it is too unclear and confused to be of much analytical use. However, despite this failure, Nye is aiming at explaining an important but also neglected form of social power: the power to influence the will and not just the behavior of other agents. In the last part of this paper we briefly discuss Steven Lukes’ alternative view of a “third dimension” of power and end with a sketch of a more promising way to account for this neglected form of power.

5. Publisher Organizing agency, location Universidad Complutense de Madrid
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7. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 2017-06-30
8. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
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9. Format File format PDF, HTML
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11. Source Title; vol., no. (year) Las Torres de Lucca. International Journal of Political Philosophy; Vol 6, No 10 (2017): January-June
12. Language English=en en
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