, from the Greek cratos
("strength") is the art and science of (social) power (crasis
, in Greek ): the theory of authority, core ability to lead, rule or manage people - a key phenomenon in the life of man, society and state. It is a new science. It characterizes the essence and features of power, its different types, forms, structures, mechanisms, technologies.
- Merquior, J.G. (1985) Chapter 8: Foucault's 'cratology': his theory of power, in Foucault, Fontana London: Modern Masters Series, 1985, p.198-118.