Accession Number:

AD0787592

Title:

An Empirical Examination of Social Power in Terms of Decision Theory.

Descriptive Note:

Technical rept.,

Corporate Author:

WASHINGTON UNIV SEATTLE DEPT OF PSYCHOLOGY

Report Date:

1974-07-01

Pagination or Media Count:

23.0

Abstract:

The paper presents an extension of decision theory to the analysis of social power. The power of a person, A, over another person, B, is viewed in terms of the effect A has on Bs decision. The analysis is based on the idea that Bs decision regarding the performance of alternative behaviors is a function of 1 Bs utility for the consequences of the behavior and 2 Bs subjective probabilities that the behaviors will lead to these consequences. In these terms, As power over B is seen to lie in As ability to mediate various consequences for B, contingent upon Bs compliance or non-compliance. Modified author abstract

Subject Categories:

  • Psychology

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE