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The most important question of politics and theory of politics is to understand the nature, forms and structure of political power. Power can be approached by putting the definition of state into the center. That is why the theories of power are in reality the theories of state, the key for theories of power is describing the forms and operations of the state. The following terms are to be analyzed in the course: legality, legitimacy, authority, trust, elite, leadership, violence, war, contract, revolution, democracy, power sharing.


Readings required:

- Bertrand De Jouvenel: On Power: The Natural History of Its Growth. Liberty Fund, 1993.

Readings recommended:

- Anthony de Jasay: The State, Indianapolis, IN: Liberty Fund, Inc., 1998     

Last modified: 2011.07.13.

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