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Milan Babic: The Micro Conditions of Instrumental and Structural Power
February 26 @ 11:00 - 12:00
The Micro Conditions of Instrumental and Structural Power
Milan Babic et al from CORPNET
Structural power is one of the core contested concepts in social science in general and especially in political science.The debates on structural power were revived after the global financial crisis of 2008, when scholars started to discuss the questions of bank bailouts, transnationalized US hegemony or other instances of structural power. Despite the vast amount of literature, little has been said about the specific working mechanisms of structural power as a phenomenon of social science. Analyses tend to either deal with the outcomes of structural power or its influence on specific policy outcomes or with the theoretical reasoning about its existence and possibilities. The question we seek to answer is, whether structural power as such can be deconstructed into analytical parts that in total make up the concept and explain its internal working mechanisms. Our preliminary answer is that this is possible and structural power can be conceptualized as a set of sequences of actualized or non-actualized instrumental power relations. In this sense we overcome the often strict separation of instrumental and structural power for the purpose of a careful theoretical re-construction.