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The End of Power: From Boardrooms to…
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The End of Power: From Boardrooms to Battlefields and Churches to States,…

by Moisés Naím

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We know that power is shifting: From West to East and North to South, from presidential palaces to public squares, from once formidable corporate behemoths to nimble startups and, slowly but surely, from men to women. But power is not merely shifting and dispersing. It is also decaying. Those in power today are more constrained in what they can do with it and more at risk of losing it than ever before. InThe End of Power, award-winning columnist and formerForeign Policy editor Moisés Naím illuminates the struggle between once-dominant megaplayers and the new micropowers challenging them in every field of human endeavor. Drawing on provocative, original research, Naím shows how the antiestablishment drive of micropowers can topple tyrants, dislodge monopolies, and open remarkable new opportunities, but it can also lead to chaos and paralysis. Naím deftly covers the seismic changes underway in business, religion, education, within families, and in all matters of war and peace. Examples abound in all walks of life: In 1977, eighty-nine countries were ruled by autocrats while today more than half the world's population lives in democracies. CEO's are more constrained and have shorter tenures than their predecessors. Modern tools of war, cheaper and more accessible, make it possible for groups like Hezbollah to afford their own drones. In the second half of 2010, the top ten hedge funds earned more than the world's largest six banks combined. Those in power retain it by erecting powerful barriers to keep challengers at bay. Today, insurgent forces dismantle those barriers more quickly and easily than ever, only to find that they themselves become vulnerable in the process. Accessible and captivating, Naím offers a revolutionary look at the inevitable end of power--and how it will change your world.… (more)

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The End of Power by Moisés Naím talks about sources of power and explains that there is a mutation of power happening right now. The general narrative is that power is concentrating, that inequality of wealth and inequality of income has become more radical. The wealthy have more and therefore have more power, money and opportunities to buy politicians and distort public policy in ways that reinforce the trends towards inequality. However, Naím argues that power has become easier to get, harder to use and faster to lose.

Anyway, the book starts with an explanation of what power is and it says that “Power is the ability to direct or prevent the current or future actions of other groups and individuals. Or, put differently, power is what we exercise over others that leads them to behave in ways they would not have otherwise have behaved.”

Then, Naím goes to the main concept of the book which is the erosion of power. He argues that power is becoming harder to use, there are far more constraints on those that have power and, finally, power is becoming more slippery. In other words, Moisés Naím looked at various statistics in many areas, such as governments, armies, labour movements, culture, church and, of course, the media and business and explains what has happened to power. He presents the fact that politicians, people in power, CEOs all the people who once almost had that absolute control, who really could do whatever they wanted, are no longer able to execute that absolute control with the same degree of freedom that once existed. It doesn’t matter if talk about CEOs, presidents, military leaders or even pope, their power becomes more fragile vs individuals. In addition, turnover rates of the powerful are now much higher than it used to be.

The author goes through different areas which used to define power and affected its level. For instance, he explains the erosion of the barriers that used to protect the reduced space of the most powerful people. The tumbling down of barriers is produced by many factors such as demographic, economic, political and technological changes and also by changing social values, expectations and norms. Other reasons are economic growth, the increase in migrations and the improvement of health services and education systems in poor countries.

We also have to understand how power works. We must take into account that it doesn´t exist in isolation and, commonly, is wielded by many players. In many cases, the whole structure of connections is vulnerable vs new stakeholders and is built on shared interests and trust. These interests sometimes are selective.

Furthermore, Naím claims that the sources of power are in a constant move so despite the previously mentioned conditions it´s also impossible to foresee it precisely. We have Legitimate Power based on their position or role. It’s determined by the hierarchy of the organization. Next, Coercive Power...(if you like to read my full review please visit my blog https://leadersarereaders.blog/the-end-of-power/) ( )
  LeadersAreReaders | Jul 4, 2019 |
This is why I don't have any real hope for these Climate Talks ( )
  Baku-X | Jan 10, 2017 |
Li a versão em Português, editada pela Gradiva

É um texto útil para a reflexão do impacto que a sociedade em rede provoca na forma como nos organizamos e como as nossas instituições gerem a sua influência e poder.

A ideia força é a de que as formas tradicionais de poder estão em decadência e que tal exige de cada um de nós e das nossas organizações, formas de acomodar a transformação de modo a nos afastarmos do resultado dessa decadência e perda de influência de quem regulava o mundo.

Útil, mas assustador, pois reflete essencialmente nos efeitos de vazio de poder e na forma como é possível documentar no nosso tempo, os resultados desta perda. Sem no entanto proporcionar caminhos e formas mais do que alertar para a necessidade de se refletir sobre o próprio poder.

Como refere no início do último capitulo (o 11): "A primeira e, talvez, mais importante implicação deste livro é a necessidade urgente de mudar a forma como pensamos e falamos sobre poder."
Este é também o amago do livro, que merece uma leitura atenta. ( )
  lbgouveia | May 17, 2016 |
Rating 2.75

Read this because of zuckerburg book club. This book was nothing over the top mind blowing. I thought parts were quite redundant. I think the whole book could be summed up with , not that ideas and information can pass faster and easier than ever before in history. Things that used to have power do not have the same power they did because people can find new ideas and new ways of marketing and selling products. ( )
  JWarrenBenton | Jan 4, 2016 |
Rating 2.75

Read this because of zuckerburg book club. This book was nothing over the top mind blowing. I thought parts were quite redundant. I think the whole book could be summed up with , not that ideas and information can pass faster and easier than ever before in history. Things that used to have power do not have the same power they did because people can find new ideas and new ways of marketing and selling products. ( )
  JWarrenBenton | Jan 4, 2016 |
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