An Empirical Examination of Social Power in Terms of Decision Theory.
WASHINGTON UNIV SEATTLE DEPT OF PSYCHOLOGY
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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