GOVERNMENT AND POWER STUDENT COPY

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GOVERNMENT AND POWER SOCI 200 Spring 2007
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Government The regular enactment of policies, decisions, and matters of state on the part of officials within a political apparatus Power: ability to make own wishes known even in the face of resistance
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Power Weber: 3 major sources of power in any political system Force : Action or threatened use of coercion to impose one’s will Influence : Persuasion to gain upper hand authority Expertise : Knowledge no one else knows Legitimate Power : Belief of citizens that a government has the right to rule and citizens ought to obey rules Illegitimate Power : Right of a leader to rule is questioned (overthrow of government) Usually has to use coercion to maintain order
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Authority Government’s legitimate use of power State: Political apparatus of government ruling over a given territory and legal system with capacity to use force
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Traditional Authority Legitimate power Conferred by custom or accepted practice Legal Authority
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