Nobody to shoot? Power, structure, and agency: A dialogue

Clarissa Haywarda, Steven Lukesb

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    In this dialogue, Clarissa Hayward and Steven Lukes debate the relation among power, social structure, and human agency. The authors converge on the view that not only moral responsibility, but also political responsibility is relevant to the study of power. They disagree about how to analyze difficult cases in which some agents are clearly subject to social constraints on freedom, but no powerful actors seem responsible for their constraint.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)5-20
    Number of pages16
    JournalJournal of Power
    Issue number1
    StatePublished - 2008


    • Agency
    • Determinacy
    • Power
    • Responsibility
    • Structure

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Sociology and Political Science


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