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Power and Social Exchange
David A. Baldwin
The American Political Science Review
Vol. 72, No. 4 (Dec., 1978), pp. 1229-1242
Published by: American Political Science Association
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1954536
Page Count: 14
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This article examines the basic social science concepts of @'power@' and @'social exchange@' in order to determine the possibility and desirability of integrating them. It is argued that: (1) all exchange relationships can be described in terms of conventional power concepts without twisting the common-sense notions that underlie such concepts; (2) most--but not necessarily all--power relationships can be described in terms of exchange terminology; (3) there are some advantages to conceiving of power in this way; (4) recent social exchange theorists have neither illuminated nor recognized most of these advantages. After a preliminary examination of the concepts of @'power@' and @'exchange,@' the discussion focuses on the analytical and conceptual problems associated with volition, exchange media, asymmetry, sanctions, and authority.
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