Power is not only exercised in its overt “first face” manifestation of one actor with greater power dominating another with lesser power in a conflict but also in its unseen/non-observable “second face” wherein the party with lesser power fails to act, knowing that doing so will result in negative consequences due to the power inequality or unknowingly having internalized the values and biases of the party with greater power. Inaction and lack of observable conflict in not evidence of a lack of a power dynamic. A special case of “absence of evidence is not evidence of absence”.

Two Faces of Power, Peter Bachrach, Morton S. Baratz