Power and Influence

  • Klaus Knorr
Part of the The Political Economy of International Relations book series (IPES)


Since interstate relations involve the distribution, creation, and destruction of such common values as security and wealth, governments are often eager to exercise power and influence and are, in turn, subject to the power and influence of other governments. The academic literature on “power” and “influence” is in a deplorable state of confusion and disagreement. Yet the usefulness of these terms is measured by a clear conception of what power and influence mean, of the conditions under which they will be wielded, and of the consequences of their employment. To promote such clarity is the purpose of this chapter.


Goal Achievement Economic Power Military Power Coercive Power Putative Power 
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