At first glance, Steven Lukes and John Locke share few things in common. Lukes and Locke are both social theorists concerned about the subject of power. Due to this interest both theorists have come up with their own approach to power, both becoming very influential pol...
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...ne power and to express power through new theories and diverse approaches. Lukes believes that that there are three forms of power those being; observable decision-making and conflicts, the observable process of excluding certain issues and topic from discussion and lastly the hidden ability to set an agenda. On the other hand, Locke is a strong believer in natural law and that there is only one form of power that will benefit society for the good and that is power being controlled and divided. Thus, it can be reviewed that Lukes’ and Locke’s approach to power does not interrelate but are very opposing. By pinpointing the negatives and positives of the approaches it can be clearly seen that both theories have strengths and weaknesses but neither theories can define what power is because power is diverse and there is no one-way in understanding power but rather many.
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