Power and Its Consequences examines the exercise of power and its
empirical consequences short of any ideological bias in part to
account for the increasing 'liberalization' occurring in modern
industrial societies such as the United States. The author presents
an overall framework describing how societies are put together,
including the presence or absence of power and authority, and
applies it to many popular questions addressing changing social
acceptance, such as with the death penalty and suicide. He
describes the pattern of evolution to a more liberal social
atmosphere in societies by evaluating the rise and accumulation of
power which precedes the relaxation of certain controls over life,
death, and sexual behavior following a period of restrictive
attitudes as a reaction to a consolidation of secure power and
authority, not a greater amount of freedom for the general
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