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Although it is apparently true that the first test entails the second, it is still useful to note both as each gives rise to another kind of norm when it is relaxed. The importance of type­ zero norms lies less in the frequency of their occurrence than in the rarity of their occurrence, less in what they tell us about power itself than about what power denies us. 2. Type-one norms offer interdependent options: What is open to X depends in some measure upon what is chosen by Y. In the least subtle instances, Y will be directly empowered to set X's options, as in hierarchy or even slavery.

And I said,"I blame you all for it. If the doctor had got here in time he could have saved her. " She was only 46 years old,ver y young. "If the doctor had come out right a way he might have saved her. Maybe he would have,may be he wouldn't. But I don't like the way you all did. 1 " 7 22 Douglas W. Rae This tragic episode is of interest first of all for drawing attention to one of the archetypical perceptions that makes us-you, me, Mary Bendley-think as we do about power. When a crushing loss is suffered, and when it could have been prevented, we are always enraged.

This presumption holds until the banker's activities and partici­ pation indicate otherwise. . If we presume that the banker is "really " engaged in running the community,there is practicall y no way of disconfirming this notion. . 53 What is wrong with Polsby's view if power is power over city government decisions? Nothing. What is wrong if power is power over whatever regimes determine the future for those who live in a city? A great deal, at least so long as the decisions taken by banks constrain the possibilities open to those who would own homes, develop business properties, or otherwise take part in the capital economy around them.

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