Politics, Philosophy and Economics 2 (3):305-322 (2003)

Brian Barry attacks the `resource account' of power providing a set of definitions through which power should be analysed. While there might be different, equally good, ways of defining power, I argue that the formulations provided by Dowding are superior to those of Barry as they produce fewer anomalies and provide a better foundation for empirical research. The article defends the resource account against Barry's criticisms and argues for the utility of the ideas of luck and `systematic luck'. Key Words: power • luck • systematic luck • resources • Barry • Dowding • Harsanyi • capitalists.
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1177/1470594X030023002
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 70,163
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Power, Capability and Ableness: The Fallacy of the Vehicle Fallacy.Keith Dowding - 2008 - Contemporary Political Theory 7 (3):238-258.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Capitalists Rule Ok? Some Puzzles About Power.Brian Barry - 2002 - Politics, Philosophy and Economics 1 (2):155-184.
What, and Where, Luck Is: A Response to Jennifer Lackey.Neil Levy - 2009 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 87 (3):489 – 497.
Luck and Interests.Nathan Ballantyne - 2012 - Synthese 185 (3):319-334.
The Incompleteness of Luck Egalitarianism.Ryan Long - 2011 - Social Philosophy Today 27:87-96.
Overwhelming Power: Part One ‐ Inflationary Tactics.Preston King - 1998 - Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 1 (1):1-27.
Capitalists Rule. Ok? A Commentary on Keith Dowding.Brian Barry - 2003 - Politics, Philosophy and Economics 2 (3):323-341.


Added to PP index

Total views
55 ( #206,567 of 2,507,021 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
2 ( #277,393 of 2,507,021 )

How can I increase my downloads?


My notes