S2E8: When and how is pow­er vis­i­ble in politics?

Pow­er is a cru­cial, if essen­tial­ly con­test­ed, con­cept. Its nature and exer­cise in demo­c­ra­t­ic pol­i­tics are not always eas­i­ly grasped. Under­stand­ing who holds pow­er, how it is used, and the rela­tion­ship between those who gov­ern and those who are gov­erned, is crit­i­cal in any polit­i­cal sys­tem. Pro­fes­sor Steven Lukes (for­mer­ly NYU) helps us fig­ure out how to map pow­er in pol­i­tics and explains when and how it is visible.


Shalini Randeria

Shalini Randeria is Rector and President of the Central European University (Vienna/Budapest). Before, she was Professor of Social Anthropology and Sociology at the Graduate Institute Geneva, and Rector of the Institute of Human Sciences (IWM) in Vienna from 2014 to 2021. She has published widely on the anthropology of globalisation, law, the state and social movements. Her empirical research on India also addresses issues of post-coloniality and multiple modernities.