Power. To some, it’s a dirty word. Often the term translates into leaders telling community members what to do or manipulating situations for their own benefit. At the very least, the idea holds a negative undertone for most people. Still, power plays a necessary role in all communities. Power within communities involves the distribution of resources or the lack thereof. Because of its connection to resources, power within communities may lead to confrontation, conflict or even a political divide.
Ricketts, Kristina G., "Community Power: Bringing the Right People to the Table" (2016). Community and Economic Development Publications. Paper 11.