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Dimensions of PowerAccording to Stephen Lukes, power can be enacted in a transaction in a group and this can be
clearly understood in a set of steps, which he calls dimensions of power. He defines the first
dimension of power as, “All forms of successful control of A over B that is of A securing B’s
compliance” and in simple words it can be explained as the capacity of A to do something to B
that can affect B and change the pattern for future events. (7-BB-Community Empowerment).
The first dimension of power shows that A has successful control over B or A wins all the issues
and has the power over B. This can be seen in the recent example of the deal reached by the
Congress on transportation in the article, “Congress reaches deal on 5-year transportation bill” by
Joan Lowy. Here, Congress (A) has the power over people of the U.S. (B) and it has reached a 5-
year agreement on a $ 281 billion transportation bill. This bill would help the country (B) and its
people in transportation by improving the congested highways and transit systems. The states
were not able to plan long-term projects because of frequent temporary extensions, but now
Congress has taken the decision to solve the issue and it is utilizing its power in the House to
pass the bill, which would solve the issue of transportation and transit systems in the U.S, reduce
accidents and ease the traffic congestion problem.
The Second Dimension of PowerThe second dimension of power is that it “…is not only a matter of getting what one wants, but
rather the ability for one to control the agenda in order to get what one wants”, and according to
Stephen Lukes power relationships maybe contradicting between the people who hold or
exercise power and the real interests of those that are excluded and the agenda is set by A and
what B can do has no effect on A (7-BB-Community Empowerment).
The second dimension of power is related to setting an agenda, and people who have power can
set the agenda. Historians have always had their way of stating facts and figures and they set an
agenda related to the historical topics. They also have the power to present the facts according to
different points of view. Now, the historians in Munich have set the agenda of republish “Mein
Kampf” of Hitler. The Institute for Contemporary History has decided to republish Hitler’s
manifesto to highlight and expose the vicious tirades of the dictator and some of the lies and
half-truths propagated by him (Brumfield, 2015).