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Bulletin of the MRSU / Section "Politics" / 2021 № 3.


E.V. Denezhkina

THE CONCEPT OF POWER IN THE ERA OF DIGITALISATION. In: Bulletin of the Moscow Region State University (electronic journal), 2021, no. 3, pp. 33-53.


UDC Index: 321.01

Date of publication: 21.09.2021 Page: 33 - 53

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Aim. Examines the historical evolution of the concepts of power and state governance and their adaptation to the current digital era, drawing on realist theory and developing a new approach with new definitions and typologies for application at different levels of government.
Methodology. The article drawing on the influence of realist theory, from Plato to Machiavelli and Hobbes, on concepts of power, international relations and public administration in the digital era. The analysis of both theory and practice, through comparative and system analysis, demonstrates the necessity of new categorisations of ‘state power’ and ‘superpower’, and similarly, further development of Joseph Nye’s concept of soft power for new conditions.
Results. A new approach is developed, based on realism, with a new categorization of power, state governance, superpower, state capability and human capital, personified by Ancient Greek deities. Recommendations for improved state governance are made according to this new concept.
Research implications. The theoretical significance of the article lies in drawing on the history of realist theory to develop a new concept of ‘smart’ power in the context of the contemporary state, and in bringing together philosophical and managerial discourse around the concept of ‘human capital’. The practical significance lies in the recommendations for applying the reconfigured concept of state power and of the role of superpowers in the development and implementation of strategic planning and e-governance. The article is aimed at scholars, teachers, students in relevant disciplines and at practitioners in public policy and administration.

Key words

power, state governance, cities, smart and hybrid power, human capital, talent management, artificial intelligence, e-governance, digital era, digitalisation

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