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Rationality and Power


Rationality and Power

Rationality and Power
Author Bent Flyvbjerg
Published 1998 (The University of Chicago Press)
OCLC 300447950
320.4489/5 21
LC Class JS6185.A53 F5913 1998

Rationality and Power: Democracy in Practice is a 1998 book by Bent Flyvbjerg, who focuses on "the application of critical theory to urban and community development".[1] Flyvbjerg deploys a form of social science he developed in Making Social Science Matter (2001).


  • Synopsis 1
  • Reception 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4


Flyvbjerg focuses on the study of how power influences rationality and democracy. He builds his theory and method based on power studies he observed in several people such as Machiavelli and Max Weber. He specifically highlights Machiavelli's power studies in Florence as a source of influence for the choice of in-depth case studies to understand the dynamics of power and how power enables and constrains rationality and rational government. Flyvbjerg also develops and identifies "ten propositions about rationality and power" that can be used when researching.[2]


Stewart Clegg states that the book "exemplifies in many ways what is distinctive about Flyvbjerg’s work, as densely textured, ethnographically detailed, and theoretically acute".[3]

See also


  1. ^ Davidson, Heather; Evans, Scott; Ganote, Cynthia; Henrickson, Jorie; Jacobs-Priebe, Lynette; Jones, Diana; Prilleltensky, Isaac; Riemer, Manuel (2006). "Power and Action in Critical Theory Across Disciplines: Implications for Critical Community Psychology". American Journal of Community Psychology 38 (1): 45.  
  2. ^ Kirkeby, Inge Mette (20 March 201111). "Transferable knowledge: an interview with Bent Flyvbjerg". Architectural Research Quarterly 15 (01): 13.  
  3. ^ Clegg, Stewart (2008). "Bent Flyvbjerg: power and project management – an appreciation". International Journal of Managing Projects in Business, 1 (3): 428–431.  
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