Writing about the concept of "power" can be tricky. The self-perceived oppression of power can differ significantly depending on the different conditions we live with. But writing about the difficult-to-define concept of "power" is also about highlighting the privileges that we may not consciously think of. This can be about the balance of power between producers and consumers, people and state, ethnic groups and power structures. In this issue, we try to make visible and understand the exercise of power in the relationship between state and people. We write about the distribution of power that should be questioned, working conditions in factories in Ethiopia, the Western intervention in war-torn countries and highlight the problems surrounding surrogacy.