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However, Mouzelis’s formulation contains some serious deficits. ). Although Mouzelis recognises interactional– situational dimensions of social action, he does not relate this to the concepts of ‘macro-events’ and ‘macro-action’. ) ‘can have no significant emergent micro-processual or relational dimensions that affect decision-making’. Additionally, Mouzelis wrongly downplays the extent to which ‘macro action’ involves far more than an initiating decision made by a few powerful leaders; social action and processes leading up to and during decision-making, and afterwards in the implementation phase, are often embedded in systems of power that entail a very large number of ‘routinised circumstances of co-present interaction’.

Never a cause’ (1986: 265). : 136) cogently disagrees with Latour’s suggestions, arguing that ‘Latour is wrong; power can be hoarded or stored, and therefore power – though often an effect – can sometimes be a “cause” ’. One tends to agree with Sibeon that Foucault and ‘Actor-Network’ theorists such as Callon and Latour (1981) and Latour (1986) tend to ‘push their relational and processual conception of power to the point of denying that power can be “stored” in roles and in social systems and networks of social relations’.

One tends to agree with Sibeon that Foucault and ‘Actor-Network’ theorists such as Callon and Latour (1981) and Latour (1986) tend to ‘push their relational and processual conception of power to the point of denying that power can be “stored” in roles and in social systems and networks of social relations’. As will be seen in Chapter 3, we may therefore incorporate a synthesis into the metatheoretical framework which combines Foucauldian and other relational concepts of power with an understanding that there is also a systemic dimension to power.

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