The authors develop a definition of potential power—what an actor could to another actor if the first cared strongly enough about something—and explore its properties. Experimental research shows that potential power affects others’ behavior even when the powerful actor does not express preferences, promise rewards, or threaten penalties.
Zelditch, Morris, Jr., and Joan Butler Ford. 1985. “Uncertainty, Potential Power, and Nondecisions.” Pp. 299-314 in Joseph Berger and Morris Zelditch, Jr. (Editors), Status, Power and Legitimacy: Strategies and Theories. New Brunswick: Transaction Publishers.
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