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Negotiations about Gradations of Power
  • John Wade

Legal Decision-Making Power

Power can be described as the actual or perceived ability to influence or change the emotions, beliefs or behavior of other people. There are many forms of power (Mayer 1987; Wade 1999). This chapter focuses on one type of power, which is often the subject of negotiations. This is future decision-making power over people or resources, which power is supported by a legal system. A person may have such legal power in the capacity of parent, shareholder, CEO, boss, director, prime minister, or tribal chief. Examples include power to draft or spend a budget; buy and sell assets; relocate children; obtain medical treatment for a child; hire judges; hire and fire employees; implement or terminate projects such as medical research, environmental improvement, international marketing, military invasions or building developments. The list of examples is long.

This chapter will set out a "gradation" of legal decision-making power ranging from total to zero. Such a gradation arguably provides a useful template and a form of "expert power" for any negotiator.
  • power,
  • legal decison-making,
  • legal system
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John Wade. "Negotiations about Gradations of Power" (2015)
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