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.”


EVENTS


01/12/2021 | Zoom-Conference: „Brexit Deal Review and Geopolitical Impact Analysis“ – Tuesday Club London

01/08/2021 | Web-Talk: „Public Affairs and Lobbying during the Pandemic“ – Central European Development Forum

12/06/2020 | Meeting with the Chinese Chamber of Commerce to the EU (CCCEU) – Brussels

11/12/2020 | Zoom-Conference: „US Elections 2020 and global power politics“ – Tuesday Club London

10/16/2020 | Discussion of „Power in times of Covid“ – National Liberal Club, London

10/06/2020 | Roundtable Discussion: „Democracy and Covid 19 – Antagonism between Freedom and Power?“ – Catholic Academy Berlin e.V.

9/24/2020 | Book presentation of the new Chinese edition „power and it’s logic“ – Club Cercle Munster in Luxembourg

9/14/2020 | Discussion of „Power Politics in the times of Covid 19“ – Travellers Club London

6/25/2020 | Roundtable Discussion: „Logics of power in times of Corona“ – Schloss Freudental/Bodensee

1/27/2020 | How Power Is Made – Synopia Annual Conference, Paris

1/9/2020 | What’s next for Germany and Europe after Angela Merkel? – Carlton Club, London

12/4/2019 | Power: The Great Equalizer – Global WIN Roundtable Discussion, Washington DC

10/30/2019 | Power and its Logic: Key Insights – National Liberal Club, London

10/16/2019 | The Logic of Power in Transatlantic Relations – Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 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

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

5/17/2019 | Power and its Logic – Global Governmental Relationss, PACE – Annual Conference Prague


PRESS REVIEWS


„A profound overview of the theoretical and practical approaches towards power.“ (Christoph Nuschko , Portal für Politikwissenschaft 16.10.2019)

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

Thomas Sigmund, Handelsbatt, „Power and its Logics – The New Standard Reference in Political Consulting“

„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)


RELATED CONTRIBUTIONS


Interview – The relation between (political) science and political consulting | Politikum, 5/2020, Wochenschau Verlag (German)

The Politics of COVID-19: How Power Drives Everything | The European, 28.10.2020

Courage to Power! Political Praxeology as a Theory of the Successful Use of Power | Politikum, 4/2020, Wochenschau Verlag (German)

Networking between economy and politics: Foundations and Challenges in the Era of Digitalisation and Compliance | Handbook of Public Affairs, ed. Röttger/ Donges/ Zerfaß (2020), Wiesbaden: Springer (German)

Overcoming the Language Barrier between Politics and Medicine in the Corona Crisis| Handelsblatt, 22.04.2020

How power is produced | Co-Editors: Political Science Applied (PSCA), Special Issue 3/2020 (German)

Human Dignity: the Crown Jewel of the German Constitution | Civis mit Sonde, 08.05.2019

Politics – five rules for entrepreneurs | Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 08.02.2019


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.

He worked as a consultant at Miller & Meier Consulting and advised 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.


CONTACT


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