Vol. 29, No. 4 (Winter 2004)
Political Power as Social Energy: Why are
MDCs More Efficient than LDCs?
Herbert H. Werlin
The author challenges theories of political science that define
politics as "a struggle for competitive advantage." Political
Elasticity (PE) theory is introduced as a way of seeing political
power more in terms of a relationship between leaders and the
public - as a form of social energy instead of a resource to
be pursued for personal gain. Case studies are presented in
this light to show why More Developed Countries (MDCs) tend
to be more dynamic than Less Developed Countries (LDCs).