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Power and ideology in the workplace: going beyond even the second version of the three-dimensional view

Paul Edwards
Work, Employment and Society, 20, 571-581


Steven Lukes’s Power: A Radical View had a major influence on sociology in general and the study of work in particular. A new extended edition invites careful attention. It acknowledges major limitations of the original and goes some way to correcting them. But it continues to give insufficient attention to the ideological aspects of power and the ways in which social processes reflect and reinforce, but also change, the structure of power. Studies of work relations illustrate this theme. To develop it further, systematic comparative analysis is needed.