POLITICS IS POWER AND DECISION


Understanding and mastering politics requires knowing the logics of power. This book takes an honest look at how political power works, drawing on twenty years of political consulting experience: from the conceptual foundations to concrete strategies and tools of our own proven power leadership approach. The handbook „Logics of Power“ is an indispensable companion and guide for decision-makers in politics, business and civil society, for prospective and experienced policy advisors – and for anyone who has always wanted to know how power is made.

 

 

“Power is multifarious. We encounter it in general and in political practice in many different forms. Power manifests itself in the martial pomp of a military parade, in the decision of a head of state on war and peace, in a parliamentary resolution or in the police control on the roadside. The structures of power penetrate social relationships – consciously perceived or unconscious. From parenting to the deathbed, people are surrounded by these structures. Power is subtle and brutal, taciturn and eloquent.”

 

 

“Status-indicating symbols such as service cars and airplanes, bodyguards, accompanying motorcycle columns and sumptuous reception rooms all make the otherwise invisible potential of power visible. They convey, moreover, an impressive hierarchical order and at the same time provide orientation about the responsibilities, competences, duties and dependencies within complex forms of social organization.”

 

 

“In essence, the political contest is power chess – and it is the homo consultan’s job to defend his clients, the homo consultandus, with a clever play in the game of victory help. Like politics, chess is an argument centered on dominance through the skillful positioning of actors with varying clout and skill profiles as well as the anticipation of opposing moves.”

 

 


PRESS REVIEWS


„Understanding power is the key to understanding political decision-making.” (BDWi-Report)

Thomas Sigmund, Handelsbatt, „Logiken der Macht – das neue Standardwerk der Politikberatung“

„An inquiry into the nature and forms of power that is worth reading” (Politik & Kommunikation)

„Politics as management. A lucidly structured and well-written book.“ (Isabell Trommer, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung)

„An exciting and instructive read for both academics and practitioners of power” (Jakob Lempp Neue Politische Literatur 20.09.2019)


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THE AUTHORS


Dominik Meier  is the owner and Managing Director of Miller & Meier Consulting, a political strategy consultancy he co-founded in 1997. Dominik Meier is chairman of the German Association of Political Consultants (de’ge’pol), which was founded in 2002. Furthermore, he is Vice President of the Public Affairs Community of Europe (PACE), a member of the Advisory Board of Transparency International Deutschland e. V., a member of the Advisory Board of the Travel Industry Club e. V. and an editorial member of the online journal „Political Science Applied“.

His work focuses on strategic positioning and lobbying leadership ™ as well as issues of ethics, transparency and quality assurance in policy consulting. He regularly lectures on these topics and publishes articles in daily papers, trade journals and anthologies.

 

Dr. Christian Blum deals with power from a scientific and practical perspective. While studying philosophy, political science and Islamic studies in Cologne and Boston, he wrote for the Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung and Süddeutsche Zeitung. Afterwards, he earned his doctorate in political theory on the common good (2015 De Gruyter) and worked as a research assistant at the Ethics Center of the University of Cologne and as a Thyssen Research Fellow at Rutgers University.

As a consultant at Miller & Meier Consulting, he advises international companies on political strategy development and positioning. He is a lecturer at the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes. Christian Blum publishes in international scientific journals on current political topics.

 


EVENTS


8/20/2019 | Informal “Brown Bag Lunch” Discussion: Power and Politics, Embassy of Switzerland in the United States of America, Washington DC

9/23/2019 | Understanding Power and Politics in Europe – Key Insights for Chinese Business Innovators and Thought Leaders, German Chamber of Commerce Abroad Beijing


CONTACT


Dominik Meier

Miller & Meier Consulting GmbH

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Tel +49 30 288 765 -90
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Tel +32 2 513 48 97
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