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Unformatted text preview: Today: Power, Authority, and the State Last time: Aging Politics: • The social institution that distributes power, sets a society’s agenda, and makes decisions. Power • (Weber) Power—the ability to achieve desired ends despite resistance • Exercising power is the business of government—a form of social organization that directs the political life of a society Weber’s Views on Authority • Weber—Governments and brute force (use armies) • Authority—Power that people perceive as legitimate rather than coercive (e.g. voting vs. force). • Three ways to convert power from raw power into more stable authority. Traditional Authority • Power legitimized through long-established cultural patterns • May seem almost sacred • Declines as societies industrialize, as less people share one view (immigration, modern scientific viewing) Rational—Legal Authority • Power legitimized by legally enacted rules and regulations • (Office has inherent power; not the individual themself) Charismatic Authority • Power legitimized through extraordinary personal abilities that inspire devotion and obedience • Ex: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr....
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This note was uploaded on 12/07/2010 for the course SOCI 200 taught by Professor Juliealbright during the Spring '09 term at USC.
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