Power in politics

Power in politics

You have to write a short research paper. You must use 1 reference from the essential readings, 2 references from the recommended readings, and one reference from the external source. Here are readings: Essential Readings:  Stephen Lukes, ‘Power and the Battle for Hearts and Minds: on the Bluntness of Soft Power’, in Power in World Politics, Berenskoetter and Williams, 2007.  Andrew Haywood, ‘Power, Authority and Legitimacy’ in Political Theory: An Introduction, 2004. Recommended Readings:  Barbara Goodwin, ‘Power, Authority and the State’, in Using Political Ideas, 2014.  Noel O’Sullivan, ‘Power, Authority and Legitimacy’, in Understanding Democratic Politics: An Introduction, Roland Axtmann, 2003.  Michel Foucault, ‘Panopticism’, in Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison, 1977.  C. Wright Mills, ‘The Power Elite’, in The Power Elite, 1999. Please read these instructions provided by my instructor: You should try and give equal space to each chapter/article (approximately 350 words each, leaving 150-200 words for the introduction and conclusion of the paper), but this should still be a cohesive piece of work. Your task is simply to engage critically with the topic materials you have chosen. This can be done in three main steps: 1. Review the chapter/article. 2. Critically engage with the ideas presented in the chapter/article. 3. Establish the commonalities and differences between the three chapters/articles (the points of convergence and divergence between the authors). Start your paper with a short introduction of the topic stating why you think it is important in today’s world and how it is relevant to the study of politics. Then, after having provided a short review of the chapter/article (the main ideas and argument), you should present your own thoughts of the author’s work, reflecting on its main weaknesses and strengths. It is here specifically where you need to show your ability to demonstrate critical thinking and go beyond a mere description of someone’s work. The following step will be to discuss how each chapter/article relates to the other two. Finally, conclude your paper with few sentences on the outcome of your analysis. The paper should be double spaced, 1,200 words-long and with standard font (12 pt Times New Roman).