Topic15 - TOPIC 15 Power and Politics TOPIC 15: Political...

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TOPIC 15 Power and Politics TOPIC 15: Political Institutions A. Basic Concepts B. Perspectives on Political Power C. Forms of Government
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A. Basic Concepts 1. Politics Politics is the process by which some people and groups acquire power and exercise it over others. 2. Power a. Ways of Defining Power: (i) The ability to exercise one’s will, in spite of resistance. (ii) The capacity to control or influence the actions of others, whether they wish to cooperate or not. (iii) Power is a property of a social relation .
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2. Power b. Mechanisms of power » Rewards » Punishments » Information The basic mechanism is: Dependency 2. Power c. The power of B over A is equal to, and based upon, the dependence of A upon B.
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2. Power d. A’s dependency is related to: (i) A ’s desire for goal controlled by B . (ii) Alternative routes to goal outside the A-B relation. 3. Legitimation Authority: Legitimate, institutional, power
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4. Types of Legitimation a. Traditional Traditional authority is power legitimated by the sanctity of age-old
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This note was uploaded on 04/01/2008 for the course SOC 1004 taught by Professor Mdhughes during the Spring '07 term at Virginia Tech.

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Topic15 - TOPIC 15 Power and Politics TOPIC 15: Political...

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