Shifting the Balance of Power


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Shifting the Balance of Power

A phrase used by the UK Secretary of State for Health in his speech at the 2001 launch of the Modernisation Agency, referring to the planned reforms and performance improvements contained in the NHS Plan.
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Aitken, Blues' joint first-team coach, said the financial muscle Villa have flexed under American billionaire Randy Lerner has given them a distinct advantage in shifting the balance of power in the city firmly to B6.
IOCs are paying millions of US dollars more to governments to get access to oil and gas fields, a further sign that record oil prices are shifting the balance of power towards owners of reserves.
The momentum that has driven the UK's liberalising approach to EU discussions on free movement of services or working time or even on the accession of Turkey - could also be slowed, crucially shifting the balance of power in the Council of Ministers.
"We are in the process of shifting the balance of power between corporate managements and shareholders," said Harvey Goldschmid of the Securities and Exchange Commission, which has put the proposal out for 60 days' public consultation.
The 2002 electoral contest illustrated the public's discomfort with the two parties, as a third party, the Civic Action Party, won one-quarter of the votes in the legislature, shifting the balance of power into a three-way split.
There's no mistaking Liberty Belles' position: "Gun control increases violent crime by shifting the balance of power to the criminal while simultaneously disarming helpless victims."
The global communications revolution unleashed by new technologies and deregulation is rapidly shifting the balance of power from service providers to consumers, according to a new Ernst & Young study, entitled The Connected Society: Winning the Battle for the Customer The exhaustive poll of CEOs and other leaders documents a profound restructuring of the communications industry focused on addressing customer needs more rapidly and effectively in an era of new services and increased competition.
Whether it's Zapatista women in Mexico demanding an equal role for women within the state of militarism in their country, or the thousands of women who will demonstrate their consumerism by buying Margaret Atwood's latest book at their local women's bookstore, women are using their influence every day in ways that are subtly shifting the balance of power on our planet.
In civil and criminal cases this is an important factor in shifting the balance of power to the rich, undermining the fundamental point of a democratically selected jury: that real people from all walks of life can be trusted to reach the right decision most of the time.
"Agrarian reform has the potential to help resolve these problems," rites, "not only by providing land security but also by shifting the balance of power in the peasants' favor."
They used the parliament for shifting the balance of power and isolating the KDP, then attempting to change the governing system temperamentally according to their own political interest, claiming that they'll turn Kurdistan into a "field of promoting democracy, eliminating the hurdles before achieving the personal, historical and political wishes." Meanwhile, rational voices were being heard inside the political parties, though they were minorities, and were often accused of being KDP's supplement and were degraded, which more likely seems to be ideological terror and violence.
A larger-than-expected victory in Saturday's elections made Sharif Pakistan's next leader, shifting the balance of power away from the military that ousted him in 1999, and from the independent judiciary that removed another Prime Minister less than a year ago.