The Imbalance of Power

  • William R. Nester


What is power? Power is the ability to get others to do things they otherwise would not do. Power is thus a means to an end, although that end may be to acquire more means of asserting power. The means can range from rational or subliminal persuasion to the threat or application of force. All individuals and groups of individuals on the planet are involved in power relationships in which they struggle to assert their interests, often at the expense of others. At a global level, the most important group is the state. States wield power in pursuit of their interests.


Direct Foreign Investment Free Trade Industrial Policy Japanese Firm Much Favored Nation 
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  • William R. Nester
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  1. 1.St. John’s University of New YorkUSA

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