By C. Andrew Gerstle
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In short, the core of Lukes’ three-dimensional view is that power can be exerted without an explicit conflict of interest between A and B. This is to say that A exerts power over B by means of control, manipulation and authority, without B, or even A, being aware of that relationship. Whenever A exerts power over B unconsciously or unintentionally,7 observable conflicts are absent, and issues become potential rather than actual. e. inconsistency between A’s interests and the ‘real interests’ of B, Lukes partly disassociates his conception from the behaviorist CONCEPTUAL AND ANALYTICAL FRAMEWORK 29 ontology of his predecessors.
In the same vein, I suggest that rather than measuring capability, Japan’s power should be analyzed by way of focusing on the country’s policy per se, both the process and outcome of such in the relationship with other actors. Chapter 1 designs a framework for analysis of how power is applied ‘to get one’s way’ (Stoll and Ward 1989:8, emphasis in original). However, this approach is not disassociated from capability. ’ (Baldwin 1993: 16, cf. : 8–9, 18; Brown 2001:93). g. Drifte 1996; Hughes 1999).
Another obstacle is that they obscure and belittle the responsibility of individual actors for the production and reproduction of patterns. Moreover, even if one acknowledges that many things that occur in society and in international affairs better had been termed ‘unconscious’ or ‘unintentional’ (muishiki) (Okabe 1995: 5), and, still more, if one accommodates the existence of ‘real’ or ‘objective’ interests, there is no need to resort to a ‘structural’ concept of power. In fact, all of the above phenomena are considered empirically researchable to Lukes’ relational one (1974).
18th Century Japan: Culture and Society by C. Andrew Gerstle