counterpower

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Etymology[edit]

counter- +‎ power

Noun[edit]

counterpower (plural counterpowers)

  1. A political power capable of challenging and potentially removing the power of another. Usually used to refer to the ability of 'have-nots' to combat the 'haves'. The word can be used to describe countervailing forces both within (see quotation 1) and between (see quotation 2) states.
    • 2011, Tim Gee, Counterpower (page 17)
      In the hands of the few power can be called oppression, repression, exploitation or authoritarianism. Meanwhile movements for freedom, emancipation, liberation, human rights and democracy have a common idea at their heart. That idea is Counterpower.
    • 2005, Christian Barry, Thomas Winfried Menko Pogge, Global institutions and responsibilities: achieving global justice (page 182)
      A fifth step must be taken if the project of empire is to be defeated — namely, the emergence of effective counterpowers within the world community, able to balance the superpower of the United States...

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