Problems Linked to Measuring Power
Power may be qualified as a rapidly changeable phenomenon, as are the conditions in which it emerges and depends on. Incorrect perceptions of other actors' political power can ultimately create voids within 'our' political power without 'our' being aware of it. Ray S. Cline opened another relevant problem–determination of the relative share of certain elements in the total quantum of state power. According to the Sprouts, political power can be reduced to the power of warfare. Problems also appear in attempts to compare the military powers of two or more states or of the same state in two or more time periods, when coefficients enabling comparisons between infantry and tanks and submarines, for instance, must be introduced. Power is a subjective act and statesmen reach decisions on the basis of their perceptions of their own power and that of other states.