Power basis theory: A psychoecological approach to power

  • Pratto F
  • Lee I
  • Tan J
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(from the chapter) We first address what power is and what its relation to needs is, and we then describe the sensation and motivational systems that, when working well, calibrate the needs of the organism to the local ecology. By understanding what people's basic needs are, we are able to predict what forms of power will recur in human life, what the likely sites of power conflict will be and the power tactics and strategies individuals and groups can use, what kinds of moral and ethical issues are likely to arise concerning power, and the implications of our theory for social inequality and power dynamics. We also present new data examining implications of our theory for ethics, power dynamics, group stereotypes, and person perception. The discussion revisits how our theory differs from other theories of power and suggests avenues for research. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved) (chapter)

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  • Felicia Pratto

  • I. Ching Lee

  • Judy Y. Tan

  • Eileen V. Pitpitan

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