Accession Number : AD0787592

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

Descriptive Note : Technical rept.,


Personal Author(s) : Pollard,William E. ; Mitchell,Terence R. ; Beach,Lee Roy

Report Date : JUL 1974

Pagination or Media Count : 23

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 B's decision. The analysis is based on the idea that B's decision regarding the performance of alternative behaviors is a function of (1) B's utility for the consequences of the behavior and (2) B's subjective probabilities that the behaviors will lead to these consequences. In these terms, A's power over B is seen to lie in A's ability to mediate various consequences for B, contingent upon B's compliance or non-compliance. (Modified author abstract)

Descriptors :   *Behavior, Power, Decision theory, Social communication, Group dynamics, Probability, Interactions

Subject Categories : Psychology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE